Unit Two: Studying Africa through the Social Studies
Module Six: The Geography of Africa
Human-Environment Interaction: Expand Activity (homework)
The following are a selection of environmental websites. All of these sites have important information, but many are not specifically oriented to middle school students. However, we encourage students to explore sites that have either a professional or an advocacy orientation.
We have marked with an asterisk the sites that we feel are particularly good for students.
** About Earth
Science for Kids
Online resources, links, and information about geology, environment, geography, and natural disasters.
Lesson Plans and Data
A huge catalog of lesson plans on air quality arranged by grade level.
Based Environmental Protection
This government web site integrates environmental management with human needs, considers long-term ecosystem health, and highlights the positive correlations between economic prosperity and environmental well-being.
Center for Global
CGEE specializes in combining environmental education with distance learning technology.
Centre for Computer
Based Learning in Land Use and Environmental Sciences
Information, case studies, and techniques for advanced high school students. The web site originates from Scotland.
Large collection of teacher materials that augment their television shows.
Web site with information about ecology, endangered species, and energy usage.
Online children's book about the environment.
of America - Education Section, ESA-EdWeb
Information and curriculum ideas for teachers of elementary through high school on ecology.
of the World
This site discusses world ecology by regions, biodivesity, endangered species, and human impacts.
a Sustainable Future
This site has curriculum that encourages interdisciplinary life-long learning.
Fun, colorful information about energy consumption and alternatives to fossil fuels.
Educational materials and resources that discuss a wide variety of environmental issues.
Education Resources on the Internet
Materials, classroom resources, and grant opportunities for the K-12 educator on the environment.
This is a site maintained by National Geographic. It is a cyber walk through the forest.
Way with Map and Compass
A web site designed to increase the students' understanding of using topographical maps.
Rivers Environmental Education Network
GREEN has an interactive program based at the University of Michigan to assess watershed health for middle school and high school students.
An online magazine for teachers to enhance environmental and global education.
Library Youth Division
A huge resource of information and ideas.
Progressive organization that tracks women's issues, peace issues, anti-racism issues, and ecological issues world-wide.
** Kids Corner:
Rainforest Action Network
Colorful web site of activities, educational materials, action alerts, and information on the rainforest habitat.
Kids for a Clean
Information, resources, and connections to other children world-wide who are interested in the environment.
** Kids World
Web based index of tours of art museums, natural history museums, and trips around the world.
a Sustainable Future
A Canadian site organized to integrate the concepts and principles of sustainable development into the curricula at all grade levels.
A Web site of fun, interactive, learning activities on the environment.
New Jersey Sustainable
Discussion of community projects that could be replicated in Michigan.
from the Smithsonian
Educational materials and information about the ocean ecosystem.
Office of Ocean
and Coastal Resource Management
Information and links regarding Ocean and Coastal ecosystems.
** Planet Earth
Online material for teaching ecology in the K-12 classroom.
Ecology web site with games, curricula, and an online journal for the early elementary school aged child.
A multimedia production designed to lead high school students through a water and energy audit of their school. It provides students with easy calculations to see how efficiency and renewable energy can save energy, water, and money, as well as, reduce pollution right at their own school.
** Science and
Nature for Kids
Online newsletter and resources for children.
School Environmental Web Based Kit from the United Nations
A nicely organized web based curriculum from the United Nations.
Critical Ecoregions Program
A multifaceted plan for land and water systems in the United States and Canada.
Magazine's Kids' Castle
Web site for ages 8-16. Kids' Castle features articles written about issues that interest kids today: sports, history, the arts, travel, science, and air and space, all with great photos.
Online resource of energy efficiency in buildings, appliances, lighting, and general energy efficiency.
An online newspaper featuring issues regarding U.S. sustainability, education, and a list of nation-wide events.
Communities Network (SCN)
The site is designed to link people to resources and each other in the areas of education policies, agriculture, and growth.
Warehouse of sustainability information, teacher training, and links
This site has topographical maps that show natural disasters, land usage, water usage and minerals.
** World Resources
Educational resources on the environment and ecosystems throughout the world, including power point slides.
Return to Module Six: Expand Activity
Return to Exploring Africa Homepage or go to one of the other activities in this module.