Earth Day Lessons, from Apple and the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation, focus on conservation, ecosystems, and ecology and have been tailored to encourage a deeper exploration of different environmental issues.
There are three units—Conservation, Ecosystems, and Ecology—each of which includes two lessons comprised of multiple components. All start with a reading section from the Life on Earth textbook, which is available for free from the iBooks Store. Then there's a research component, offering examples of how you can continue your immersion in the lesson. Finally, each lesson provides potential actions that you could take to increase awareness of these issues in your community.
The lessons suggest various apps available on the iPad, from Evernote to iMovie, to help you go through the lesson and enrich your learning experience. While they were composed with an iPad in mind, most aspects of the modules could be done without one, as long as you have access to the Internet and/or the library.
You can use these lessons to help inspire your students to explore, understand, and celebrate the world around them. They can be used to help your students learn about climate change, the diversity of species, interdependence of life on earth, pollution, how ecosystems can recover after their habitat has been damaged, how people can protect their waterways, etc.
Since there are a variety of components to each lesson, they provide multiple ways to engage your students in the learning. Students can read about an issue, explore it more in depth using interactive mobile tools, and then consolidate what they have learned and use that knowledge to present the information to their peers.
The Kid's Guide to Exploring Nature
6-8 | Hands-On
Managing the Everglades Ecosystem
Simulating Climate Change Research in Grasslands
9-12 | Video
Communicating and Learning about Global Climate Change
6-12 | Video