Environmental Science with Earth Dog!

March 2nd, 2004 by ClickSchooling Leave a reply »

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Recommended Website:
Earth Dog

This is a great site for younger children PreK-6, and it carries many scientific facts and activities about renewable energy sources that will interest older students as well. It begins with a story about a junkyard dog who, through a series of misadventures, discovers the dangers of pollutants and is transformed into a crusader for clean air and water and a healthy environment for all living creatures. The story uses large text, and the animated pages are colorful — although a little patience is necessary as they download.

After reading the story, use the menu bar at the bottom of the screen to access a variety of options. You can click on a facts page that explains various types of renewable energy resources including solar, wind, and hydro power. You can also click on an activities page that contains links to science sites with activities for exploring energy and sustaining the environment — including some unusual ones (like building your own watershed) developed by Weekly Reader. There is also a games page that looks to be a promotion for a CD/ROM educational computer game.

For kids who really get into Earthdog’s mission to save our environment, there is a letter to the press that can be printed out and used to send to various media urging them to promote environmental health and safety, there is a contest and a club to join, there are links to environmental groups, and links to other websites with environmental information and activities for kids.

P.S. Listen to and sing along with free, downloadable Homeschool Rallying Songs.

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