Connecting for Change: resources
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All curriculum materials here are suitable for use in grades 9-12. Much of what is listed is free and downloadable.
Based on artist Robert Shetterly’s book, Americans Who Tell the Truth, which contains portraits and biographies of American activists. Offers curricula for middle and high school students on topics including environmental justice, political justice, and economic justice.
A non-profit group that promotes sustainable science. Provides resources, lesson plans, and experiments based on the “12 Principles of Green Chemistry.”
Website of the Center for Ecoliteracy, which looks at ecological topics such as school gardens, school lunches, and sustainability. Offers instructional resources including a high-school-level discussion guide for the documentary film, Food Inc.
Designed by and for teachers, this site offers many tools including a Global Sustainability Curriculum Finder that can be sorted by grade, subject and topic. Provides a substantial collection of free curricula, including Buy, Use, Toss?, a ten-lesson unit on producing and consuming goods that references the Annie Leonard book, The Story of Stuff.
An interfaith group that promotes environmental leadership. Offers a six-session curriculum for teenagers based on The Story of Stuff.
The Website of the Green Schools Initiative, offers curricula and activity ideas, including steps for doing environmental audits on schools. Also makes available a comprehensive Sustainability Curricula Directory.
This project is derived from the book and documentary film, No Impact Man, about one family’s efforts to live a zero-waste lifestyle in New York City. Provides five lessons on consumption, energy, food, transportation, and water.
Offers a curriculum, developed by the Pearson Foundation, based on Greg Mortensen’s book, Three Cups of Tea. Lessons are targeted for content standards in Social Studies, Language Arts, and Mathematics.
When Annie Leonard and her friends at Free Range Studios set out in 2007 to share what she’d learned about the way we make, use and throw away Stuff, they thought 50,000 views would be a good result for her ‘20-minute cartoon about trash.’ Today, with over 15 million views and counting, The Story of Stuff is one of the most watched environmental-themed online movies of all time.
Features information about a wide range of world issues such as education, human rights and sustainable food. Profiles changemakers and offers opportunities to take action.
A global community of changemakers. Provides links to form or join a group and share stories about making change. Also hosts competitions to find solutions for specific problems.