June 2012 Issue
May 18, 2012

Freebies: Developing global citizens

Source: NYSUT United

Developing global citizens

TeachUNICEF offers a host of free global education resources covering grades pre-K through 12. The lesson plans, stories, interactive map, videos and audio links cover topics ranging from child labor and gender equality to the Millennium Development Goals and water and sanitation. Visit www.teachunicef.org for more information.

Picture this

ESML, an environmental testing firm, has more than a dozen free, colorful posters. Topics covered include foodborne illness, asbestos, allergens, fungal cultures and more. To download the posters, visit http://www.emsl.com/index.cfm?nav=Pages&ID=422.

Fountain of youth

Several websites offer virtual field trips complete with interactive experiences and educational materials. At www.bluezones.com, students can embark on a four-week health and fitness challenge, launch a legacy project with seniors in the community or go on quests to discover the secrets to longevity in Okinawa, Japan; Nicoya, Costa Rica; or Ikaria, Greece.

Duck, duck, goose!

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its Junior Duck Stamp Program with an updated arts and science curriculum. Written, field-tested and evaluated by educators and biologists, the Educators Guide provides 10 lesson plans, with exercises and activities focusing on conservation science and our changing natural world. Visit www.fws.gov/juniorduck for more info.

Safety is key, and free

SafetyWorld, a leader in safety training and awareness materials, offers free samples of safety awareness posters on a host of topics, including accident prevention, school bus driving, hearing protection and slips, trips and falls. For a free poster sample, visit www.safetyworld.com/form.html.