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Pretty Mindful: An Interview with Dixie Espinosa

Dixie Espinosa, an IHE M.Ed. graduate, is a former secondary English, history, and ESOL instructor. After leaving the classroom, she worked as a Program Director for an English literacy non-profit training tutors how to teach English as a second language to adult immigrants. Currently, Dixie works as Front of House and Social Media & Events…

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17 Resources for Teaching About Food Waste

by Marsha Rakestraw “Every day, we’re teaching kids that food is trash.” ~ Jonathan Bloom Our school food systems in the US are not set up to minimize waste or encourage healthy habits. Students are often rushed at lunchtime, may have unappetizing food options, may be given (or take) much more food than they’ll eat,…

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Getting the Child Slave Labor Out of Your Shopping Cart

by Marsha Rakestraw We hear about forced and child labor, reading about specific instances in the news, and we may wonder whether the sugar, cookies, or bananas we bought last week, or the cellphone we’re using, or the fireworks we enjoy are made with the hands of children or slaves; it can be hard to…

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Waste and Recycling Issues

Waste and Recycling Issues

Resources (books, videos, lesson plans, articles, and more) to help teach and/or learn about issues related to waste, trash, garbage, and recycling.

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Overfishing

Overfishing and Industrial Fishing

Find books, articles, videos, lesson plans and more about overfishing, industrial fishing, and related issues to help you teach and/or learn more about these global ethical issues.

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Resources: Making Connections

Making Connections, Creating Solutions

This activity helps students think about how we are all connected and how our actions impact others and the environment and inspires students to learn more about issues that interest them and to create solutions to address local and global challenges. Recommended for grades 5 and up. Time: Three to four 45-60 minute class sessions

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Food Waste

Food Waste Global Issues Guide

Find suggested books, websites, articles, videos, lesson plans, activities and other resources on food waste issues to help you learn and/or teach about this global issue.

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plastic pollution

I Taught Kindergarteners About Plastic Pollution, and They Are Eager to Be Part of the Solution

by Elizabeth O. Crawford, Ph.D. During Earth Week 2018, I was a guest presenter to kindergarteners attending Island Montessori School (IMS) located in the beautiful, coastal town of Wilmington, North Carolina. As teacher educators often remark, classroom visits rejuvenate and inspire our work preparing the next generation of educators. When we spend time with children…

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Resources: Cast your Vote

Cast Your Vote

Students learn about the “hidden ingredients” in every day products and practice voting their values by “buying” different kinds of items. Recommended for grades 6 and up. Time: 30-45 minutes   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf): Download Common Core for grades 6-8. Download Common Core for grades 9-12.   Find out how some…

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Resources: Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes

Participants explore the hidden lives of their everyday stuff by investigating how ordinary products come into existence & who/what has been helped or harmed in the creation & distribution of that product. Recommended for grades 6 and up. Time: 45 minutes to several weeks   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf): Download Common Core…

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