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Programs > Environmental Programs > Environmental Education ToolKit
Pre-K-2 Environmental Education ToolKit
Standard 6.0 Environmental Science

Students will use scientific skills and processes to explain the interactions of environmental factors (living and non-living) and analyze their impact from a local to a global perspective. 

Pre-K & Kindergarten
B. Environmental Issues

1. Identify aspects of the environment that are made by humans and those that are not made by humans.

1. Identify features of the natural environment, such as parks, zoos, buildings, etc. that are made by humans.

2. Identify features of the natural environment that are not made by humans.

Grade 1
1. Recognize that caring about the environment  is an important human activity.
  1. Recognize and describe that individual and group actions, such as recycling, help the environment.
  2. Recognize and describe that individual and group actions, such as littering, harm the environment.
  3. Give reasons why people should take care of their environments.

GRADE 2 A. Natural Resources and Human Needs


1. Recognize and explain how Earth's natural resources from the natural environment  are used to meet human needs.


1. Describe natural resources as something from the natural environment that is used to meet one's needs.
Identify water, air, soil, minerals, animals, and plants as basic natural resources.
Explain that food, fuels, and fibers are produced from basic natural resources.
Identify ways that humans use Earth's natural resources to meet their needs.
Explain that some natural resources are limited and need to be used wisely.

Grade 2 B. Environmental Issues


1. Recognize and describe that the activities of individuals or groups of individuals can affect the environment.


  1. Identify and describe that individual and group actions, such as turning off lights, conserving water, recycling, picking up litter, or joining an organization can extend the natural resources of the environment.
  2. Identify and describe that individual and group actions, such as leaving lights on, wasting water, or throwing away recyclables, can limit the natural resources of the environment.


Lessons- My World and Me  (Baylor College of Medicine)

Water Life
Educational gaming, e-book, companion field guide, resources for kids and Educators. Help Oscar the Otter and his friends restore the estuary!

Elementary GLOBE- K-4 Introduce Earth System science through a suite of storybooks and learning activities. Clouds, seasons, soil, water, earth systems.

What Plants Need to Grow

What Parts Are There to a Plant Observe and document similarities and
                                                                             differences between parts of plants. 


How People Grow and Transport Food  Farming 1


Transport and Packaging                    Farming 2


Exploring Local Ecosystems   Investigate the habitats of local plants and animals.
                                                                        Explore some of the ways animals depend on plants
                                                                        and animals depend on each other.


Energy Expenditures Just Turn It Off.


Materials 1  Look at different kinds of materials; to identify the properties of materials
                              and their suitability for different purposes.


Materials 2  Identify recyclables.


Planet Protector's Club (EPA)
Activities and Games. As a Planet Protector, your mission is to improve the world around you by making less trash. Planet Protectors also help other people learn to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

EPA Environmental Kids Club
Air  Water  Garbage & Recycling Plants & Animals  You & Your Environment

"Each Little Drop" - by Fred Fawcett and the Sprinkles  Free song download and lyrics 


Teaching About Trees -On-line activities and interactives

Eye in the Sky- National Geographic

Animal Diversity

Where Does Food Come From?


Shape Hunt  Recognize, describe, build, and explore shapes in many different contexts.

Suggested Maryland Green School Activities

 Green School 

                                 Grade 1  Structures for Learning    
Connections 3B.1a-c; 2a-d
                                 Grade 2  
Energy Conservation

      Science:                Physics                 5B1a,1c;5C.1a 
      Social Studies:     Political Science  1C1a,b
                                     Geography            3A, B, C  

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                        - Funding for Bay- related projects
                                    - Funding for Schoolyard Habitats

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