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Earth Day Posts: Using Media to Educate Kids

Posted Apr 23 2009 12:58am

In honor of Earth Day, this week' s posts will give you resources on media and the environment. 
>> See other posts:   Recycling Electronics   Saving Energy

Here at CMCH, we often note that the greatest power of media is that it can be used to educate.  Here are some media that can help teach kids about the environment:

Movies:

  • Earth: Narrated by James Earl Jones, this big-screen version of footage from Planet Earth (some previously unseen) is compacted into 90 minutes.  Earth hits theaters on April 22 and Disney will plant a tree for each ticket sold this week.
  • Planet Earth: This BBC series is a compilation of 5 years of filming by 70 photographers in 62 countries and captures spectacular landscape and animal footage. 

Video Games:

  • African Safari: Go on a wild-animal safari and take "photographs" of more than 30 animals without disturbing them in their natural habitat.  (rated E, Nintendo Wii)
  • Endless Ocean:  Go deep-sea diving where you can explore and learn about all kinds of marine life at your leisure. (rated E, Nintendo Wii)

Magazines:

Music:

  • Sarah Pirtle:  The lyrics to her children' s songs revolve around connecting with the natural world.
  • Singalong Lyrics:  New lyrics about nature set to common tunes you and your kids already know.


Internet:

  • PBS Kids EekoWorld: Kids can build their own animals, play games about energy, and talk about what they do in their own lives to help the planet.
  • Energy Star Kids:  Kids can click through a virtual bedroom to learn what kinds of changes they can make to save energy.  

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