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A Mouse- and Pesticide-Free House
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: Mice are cute, but not in your cereal box. This is a fact sheet provided by the Northwest Coalition for Alternative to Pesticides (the actual article was published by the Journal of Pesticide Reform). It is representative of the approach that the NCAP takes....
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An Earthworm's Life (Nature Upclose)
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: BiblioResources (Books)
Summary: Non-Fiction
Author, John Himmelman
ISBN 0516265350
In very simple language (appropriate for 4-8 year olds) the life of a worm is described.

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Ask NSDL
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Materials - Database - Web site
Summary: The Virtual Reference Desk Presents Ask an Expert with opportunities to ask questions on many science topics as well as math, education, engineering, health, social studies and technology. They also offer a link for Earth Day Resources.
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Biological Control: A Guide to Natural Enemies in North America
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Checklist - Fact sheet - Glossary - Web site
Summary: Natural enemies (photographs and information), tutorials that include insect primers, IPM strategies and tactics and a comprehensive glossary make this site everything you would expect from Cornell University.
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Biosphere in a Bottle
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons
Summary: Directions for creating a small habitat in a bottle.
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Bottle Biology An idea book for exploring the world through plastic bottles and other recyclable materials
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons
Summary: Non-fiction, lessons and classroom activities

Author Mrill Ingram

ISBN 084038601X

Observe decomposition in compost columns made from plastic bottles. Create model habitats and systems using two-liter soda pop bottles or plastic fil...

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Bug Identification
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Materials
Summary: This is an interactive key that keys to Order. The key works for adult insects and it not intended for other stages.
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Bug Spray
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: Need to implement some type of insect, animal, lice, mite, odor, fungus, snake, lizard or just about any kind of pest control? If yes, you are probably on the right page. Their goal is to offer information on whatever is bugging you! Just scroll down t...
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Cockroaches
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Fact sheet - List
Summary: This creepy crawly page, (using the language of the website designer) provides valuable insite into the biology and requirements of the Common, American, German, Brown-Banded, Smokey Brown and Australian Cockroaches. Suggestions for control are provided from...
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Composting in Schools
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - BiblioResources (Books) - Case Study - Classroom Lessons - Experiment - Glossary - Web site
Summary: This site is provided by the Cornell Waste Management Institute and Cornell University. Cornell Composting privides scientific inquiry for high school students as well as instructions for observing compost invertegrates and microorganisms, ideas for student...
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Composting: Nature's Recycling Program
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Case Study - Checklist - Classroom Lessons - Web site
Summary: EDF provides directions on how to begin a waste prevention initiative at school as well as how to compost and what supplies are required. They offer a case study and a biblioresource.
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Critter Chemistry
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Materials - Web site
Summary: Nature is all about chemistry. This collection of articles provides valuable insight into the animal kingdom and some of the chemical features of these wonderful creatures. For example, what is special about the feat of gecko feet that allows them to hang o...
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Cultivating Native Minds in School Gardens
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Case Study - Classroom Lessons - List
Summary: Teachers are connecting kids to nature with native plants in the schoolyard.
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Death by Particles
Grade Level: High School
Type: Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials
Summary: Students read a brief news article about a resesarch study showing that ambient particulate matter (PM) less than 10 micrometers in size and other air pollutants increase women's relative risk for coronary heart disease. Then they use data from the article to...
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Eco-fun: Great projects, experiments and games for a greener earth
Grade Level: Elementary
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Experiment
Summary: Non-fiction, lesson and activity book

AuthorsSuzuki, David and Kathy Vanderlinden

ISBN1-55054-823-9

A table of contents, index and glossary make this 125-page book easy to use. Categories include air, water, soil, energy and fauna and...

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Environmental Virtual Campus
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Web site
Summary: Developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), this virtual campus uses an engaging, intuitive format to highlight potential environmental issues at nine campus areas, and provides compliance information and good management practices on a number...
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Exploring Urban Integrated Pest Management
Grade Level: Elementary
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: Exploring Urban Integrated Pest Management provides activities and resources for Teaching K-6. The educational material is downloadable. This resource provides the opportunity for K-6 educators in formal and informal settings to use IPM as the real-world them...
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Eyes: Windows to the World
Grade Level: High School
Type: Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials
Summary: Students read and discuss an article on vision disorders related to environmental exposures. Then they use the article as the basis for the creation of a photo collage using both their own photos and images collected from various sources. This is an integrat...
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Fight the Bite Integrated Pest Management
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet
Summary: The University of Illinois Extension has provided a fact sheet on the West Nile Virus, it's transmission and relationship with humans as well as other mammals, and tips for reducing insect populations using an intergrated pest management system.
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Glossary of Insecta Terms
Type: Glossary
Summary: A glossary of entomological terms.
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Green Module for Biochemistry: A New Chemical Family of Insecticides Exemplified by CONFIRM Selective Caterpillar Control Agent
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Materials - Fact sheet - Language Options - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours
Summary: The topic of green chemistry could be incorporated into a traditional biochemistry class quite easily without requiring a large amount of class time. Most biochemistry classes include a discussion of enzyme mechanisms and kinetics. One could use acetylchol...
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Green Module for Chemical Toxicology: Biochemical Toxicology of Insecticides The Road Towards Reduced-Risk Insecticides
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Materials - Language Options - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours
Summary: This module is intended primarily for use in an upper level undergraduate course in biochemical toxicology although it may also be applicable to upper level courses in biochemistry, environmental science, and biology. It is assumed that the students have had...
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Greening School Lesson Plan Format (PDF)
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: Lesson plans are beginning to appear in the Greening School's Resource list for teachers. Formal lessons will use this format. If you have lessons to submit that meet the greening principles, if they address chemistry, biology, geology, other sciences or art...
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How to Eat Fried Worms
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials
Summary: The story by Thomas Rockwell, How to Eat Fried Worms, is supported by a collection of electronic sites that provide activities, discussion questions, and quizzes related to the book. Included is a recipe for "worms" and biographical information on author Thoma...
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IAQ Tools for Schools Kit - Ventilation Checklist
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Checklist
Summary: Checklists for administration, building maintenance, food service, health officer, integrated pest managmenet, renovation and repairs, school officials, teacher's classroom, ventilation, walk though inspection, and waste management are all available from this...
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IDEM Air Quality Environmental Education Lesson
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: Classroom Lessons - Glossary - Web site
Summary: These lessons provide teacher preparation, presenter preparations, lessons and activities, extensions, standards, glossary of air quality and air pollution terms and additional resources. These are designed for K-3 and 4-6.
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IDEM Land Quality and Solid Waste Environmental Education Lesson Plans
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Glossary
Summary: These lessons provide teacher preparation, presenter preparations, lessons and activities, extensions, standards, glossary of solid waste management terms and additional resources. The lessons focus on providing solid waste and landfill information. Some le...
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IDEM Recycling Environmental Education Lesson Plans
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: Classroom Lessons - Glossary
Summary: This lesson plan is appropriate for grades K-6 and is designed for Indiana standards, but easily modifiable for other state standards. Lessons provide teacher preparation, presenter preparation, lessons and activities, glossary of recycling terms and ways to...
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Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Teacher's Classroom Checklist
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Materials - List - Web site
Summary: General cleanliness, animals in the classroom, drain traps, moisture, thermal comfort, ventilation and fans, art and science supplies, industrial and vocational education supplies and the locker room are all addressed.
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Insect Identifier
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Materials
Summary: Insect anatomy, taxonomy, and insect identifcation based upon winged, wingless, and modified wings. Nicely done, easy to use resource.
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Insects, Mites & Spiders: Articles & Resources
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet
Summary: A guide to identify pests includes ants, bees/wasps, beetles/bugs, butterlies/moths,flies, termites, spiders as well as many others and pesticide resources.
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Integrated Pest Management for Schools
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Checklist - Classroom Lessons - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: Safer Pest Control is working from the ground up to promote safe alternatives to pesticides in Illinois. Safer Pest Control Project N.F.P. (SPCP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing the public health risks and environmental impacts of pesticide...
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Integrated Pest Management for Schools and Child Care Facilities
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Manual/Handbook - Web site
Summary: Purdue's IPM for Schools and Child Care Facilities concentrates on the issues and needs of school and childcare facility administrators and provides a variety of resources. These are designed to help meet the needs of the school with special consideration to...
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Integrated Pest Management for Schools: A How-to Manual
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Manual/Handbook
Summary: Integrated pest management principles in schools helpf to reduce contact with toxic substances in the school environment. EPA promotes integrated pest management through documents such as the IPM for Schools: A How-to Manual. IPM is a process that emplys a p...
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IPM for Gardeners
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Manual/Handbook
Summary:

Non-Fiction

Authors, Raymond A. Cloyd, Philip L. Nixon, and Nancy R. Pataky

ISBN 0-88192-647-7

IPM for Gardeners is a manual, first addressing the needs of plants, diseases and insects and other pests in the first thr...

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IPM for Pennsylvania Schools: A How-To Manual Revised 2004 Edition
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Manual/Handbook
Summary: Specifically for Pennsylvania schools, this 136-page manual is available online in parts or in its entirety. You may also order hard copies of the manual; copies are free for all Pennsylvania school districts and $7 plus $5 shipping and handling per order for...
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IPM for Teachers Curriculum
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Classroom Lessons - Fact sheet
Summary: The contencts appear designed for upper grade levels, they are linked to science standards. Sections include: biology of insects and weeds, soil ecosystems and biological controls, pesticides, chemical controls, agriculture, natural areas, and IPM in schools,...
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Kentucky IPM Picture Sheets
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Manual/Handbook - Web site
Summary: Picture sheets for quick photo identification of pests (field crops, fruits, vegetables) and beneficial insects are provided. Additional fact sheets and manuals are provided for IPM of a great variety of pests.
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Lanuage Arts and Environmental Awareness: 100+ Integrated Books & Activities for Children
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons
Summary: Non-fiction, lesson and activity book

AuthorsRoberts, Patricia L

ISBN0-208-02426-1

Lanugage arts consists of language, listening, folk literature, reading, speaking, and writing and techniques and resources for involving students ages 5...

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Life Cycle of Everyday Stuff (The)
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons
Summary: Non-fiction, classroom activities

AuthorsMike Reeske, Shirley Ireton

ISBN0873551877

Seven units allow teachers opportunities to creatively transform common items such as aphone, into a study of energy flow and scarce resources. Stude...

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Life Sciences Glossary
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Glossary
Summary: Search for biology terms and definitions in two ways.
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Mapping the Air in Your School
Grade Level: High School
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Experiment
Summary: The EHP Online lessons provide students lessons that are based upon actual articles. The EHP summary for this lesson is as follows "Students read the articles Beyond the Bench: Mapping the Air in Public Schools." Then students measure temperature and relative...
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Mercury in Schools and Communities
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - Checklist - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: NEWMOA provides a list of fact sheets, case studies, administrator and teacher information, list of mercury devices frequently found in science labs, and mercury-exchange suggestions.
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Mercury-Free Alternatives for Schools
Summary: The purpose of this fact sheet is to help schools identify and find alternatives to mercury and other hazardous materials that may be present in school facilities. It focuses primarily on mercury compounds and mercury-containing equipment used in curriculum a...
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National Pest Management Association Inc
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Materials - Language Options - List - Manual/Handbook - Web site
Summary: This resource is designed for consumers and professionals in the pest control industry. The website offers teacher resources, activities for children interested in learning more about pests, and it offers a link to locate recommended professionals.
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Now You See it, Now You Don't
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: This lesson is designed for grades 4-5 and can be used for both science and math with english extensions. Students will classify organic and inorganic objects, perform a mini-compost experiment, record observations, compare and contrast decomposition rates for...
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Pennsylvania IPM Program (The)
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: A valuable site for gaining information on many aspects of IPM. The education section includes resources for teachers complete with lessons for all grade levels.
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Pest World for Kids
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Fact sheet - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours
Summary: This pest and insect site should appeal to all ages. Interactive learning games, lesson plans for teachers, facts sheets and pest post cards are quite creative as well as informative.
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Pollution Prevention Measures for Safer School Laboratories
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Classroom Materials - Fact sheet
Summary: Hands-on activities are an essential part of school science. Activities conducted in school laboratories are important if students are to learn the processes of science and have direct experiences that capture their interest and maintain their motivation. A sc...
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Research and Educational Laboratory Waste Reduction
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: This fact sheet addresses waste reduction in research and educational laboratories. Included are examples of better operating/management practices and procedural or institutional policies that result in waste reduction. (PDF format; Length: 6 pages)
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Rodents and Others
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Fact sheet - List
Summary: Biological information as well as control for Brown and Black rats, mice, mink, squirrels, and a variety of other "rodents" are provided at this site. Biological information, reasons for concerns and indicators are provided. This may make some readers squirm...
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School IPM: IPM Standards Available for Schools
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Fact sheet - List - Manual/Handbook - Web site
Summary: Lessons, school building and school grounds standards, scorecards, inspection and sanitation techniques, and most of the basics are referenced and linked to in this downloadable PDF formatted document. The entire document is 165 and 1125 KB. Topics include pes...
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Schoolyard Garden and Habitat Project
Grade Level: High School
Type: Article/Report - Web site
Summary: The Schoolyard Garden and Habitat program serves high school students with specific learning disabilities.
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Science and Safety: It's Elementary Calendar
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Checklist - Classroom Materials - List
Summary: Using a calendar format science safety guidelines are provided for elementary teachers. These include glassware, chemical, and electrical precautions; common laboratory operating procedures (regulated and general safety rule and classroom management tips); pr...
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Skeeter Reader, The
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Materials
Summary: A 2-page PDF for children on mosquitos and West Nile Virus prevention is available.
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Understanding the Organism Insect and Arthropod Biology and ID
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: This lesson provides tools for identification of insects and understanding the organism's life cycles and survival requirements.
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Using Chemistry to Treat Lead Poisoning
Grade Level: High School
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Experiment - Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
Summary: The EHP Online lessons provide students lessons that are based upon actual articles. The EHP summary for this lesson is as follows "students read the article Challenging Assumptions about Lead and IQ: Effects Increase, Not Decrease in Older Children" and cond...
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Vermicomposting
Grade Level: Elementary - High School
Type: Article/Report - BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - Fact sheet
Summary: Instruction on vermicomposting in the classroom, at home, and as an academic exercise are provided. Resources include fact sheets on the role of worms, worm and worm bin supply sources, classroom worm composting and an animated interactive game (The Adventure...
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Vermicomposting (Making Good use of Garbage!)
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - Fact sheet - Language Options - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours - Web site
Summary: Vermicomposting fun facts, information, activities, music (including The Littlest Worm), and reasons to consider vermicomposting.
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West Nile Virus Educational Materials
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Language Options
Summary: Various fact sheets and educational documents on West Nile Virus and mosquitos are available through the Fairfax County (Virginia) Health Department. Many of these are applicable throughout the country but what makes this desirable is sheets are provided in a...
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WISE Website
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Materials - Web site
Summary: WISE (Whole Systems Integrated Sustainable Desicn for Education) is a website tool for students and teachers to learn about and implement sustainable design projects. Students will observe, analyze resources, record findings, learn about sustainability, and p...
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WonderNet Your Science Place in Cyberspace
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons - Experiment
Summary: View all of the topics avaiable online from WonderNet. These include calcium,chemical reactions, chemistry and art, earth's atmosphere, magnets, polymers and much more.
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Worm Bin Creatures Alive Through a Microscope
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours
Summary: Worm Bin Creatures Alive Through a Microscope provides a captivating look at rarely seen (close-up) organisms of the compost and worm bins. The video is 31 minutes and cost is $25 (July 2004).
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Worm Guide: A Vermicomposting Guide for Teachers (The)
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons - Manual/Handbook
Summary: This guide provides teachers with information on how to start and maintain a successful classroom worm bin. Includes the basics of vermicomposting, worm bin building plans, troubleshooting and fundraising tips, classroom activities, and useful case studies of...
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Worm Woman
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: Mary Appelhof's site for worm composting resources, provides video clips, feature articles and activities,and WormEzine magainze (free monthly magazine on vermicomposting
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Worms Eat My Garbage: How to Set Up & Maintain a Worm Composting System
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons - Manual/Handbook
Summary: NonFiction (Lesson, Text)

Author Mary Appelhof

ISBN 0942256107

This has been long considered the definitive guide to vermicomposting by Mary Appelhoff). Authors Mary Appelhof. Topics include how to set up bins, what kinds of wo...

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Worms Eat Our Garbage: Classroom Activities for a Better Environment
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons - Manual/Handbook
Summary: NonFiction

Authors Mary Appelhof, Mary Frances Fenton and Barbara Loss Harris

ISBN 0-942256-05-0This classroom activity book complements "Worms Eat My Garbage" (the definitive guide to vermicomposting by Mary Appelhoff).

Books lis...

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I am looking for information pertaining to native landscaping for southern Illinois. What type of wildflowers and other landscaping materials are native to the Mount Vernon region? I want to do a complete unit for my middle school science club on native landscaping.
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