06 April 2010

Verizon Thinkfinity provides free educational Earth Day materials

In celebration of Earth Day which takes place on April 22, Verizon Thinkfinity is offering free educational online resources, including podcasts to teachers, parents, students, and after-school programs.

The Verizon Thinkfinity website contains thousands of engaging informative lessons on environmental issues ranging from climate change to renewable energy sources. The free materials can be found quickly by searching by grade-level, keyword, or subject.

Some of the resources on the Verizon Thinkfinity Environmental/Earth Day website are:

• Green Roof Design: In this lesson from Science NetLinks, students work in small teams to design a heat- and water-conserving roof of plant material for an urban apartment building.
• True Green Kids: 100 Things You Can Do to Save the Planet: This lesson from Science NetLinks helps students understand that products and objects that humans produce have lifespans, too, and that they need to be recycled, reused and re-imagined so there will be less pollution and waste on the planet.
• National Geographic Environment Video Library: A series of short videos from National Geographic on various topics ranging from water conservation to farm restoration to manatees.
• Protecting Our Precious Planet: Sharing the Message of Earth Day: In this lesson plan from ReadWriteThink, students can take part in an Internet-based Earth Day groceries project, decorate paper bags with environmental messages, and examine similar work by children around the world.

"The days leading up to Earth Day offer a timely opportunity for teachers to provide their students with information on alternative energy, smart building design and a multitude of topics in environmental science," said Verizon Foundation President Patrick Gaston. "Whether it's a teacher searching for an engaging lesson on climate change, or a parent seeking an educational video to watch with his or her child, those resources and more can be found quickly and for free at Verizon Thinkfinity."

Content for Verizon Thinkfinity is provided through a partnership between the Verizon Foundation and 11 of the nation's leading organizations in the fields of education and literacy: the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Council for Economic Education, International Reading Association, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, National Center for Family Literacy, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Council of Teachers of English, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, National Geographic Society, ProLiteracy and the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

Teachers and parents who wish to view the Verizon Thinkfinity lessons can do so by logging on to Verizon Thinkfinity Earth Day.

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