Earth Day is coming quickly (April 22nd, remember?) and it’s a great opportunity to teach students about conservation, responsibility and being part of a global community.
There are so many ways to make this happen. In addition to the many project based learning opportunities we listed on Monday, you can use games to help students engage in Earth Day.
The following is a list of Ambassador recommended playlists of games you can use for Earth Day. They drew from our 90 learning objectives, and more than 600 NGSS aligned science games for middle school that engage students in virtually every topic for Earth, Life and Physical Sciences.
We are dedicated to incorporating Ambassadors’ content suggestions on how to use games in the classroom. In addition, our own team offered an additional playlist.
Without further ado, check out these awesome recommendations and give your students an amazing new Earth Day experience this year.
Janessa Slattery‘s Earth Day Playlist
Learning Objective: Increasing and Decreasing Impacts on Earth Systems
Games: Defender: Human Impact on Earth, The Big Picture Hosted by Zedd: Animal Agriculture, Mini City
Synopsis: These games show students the impact of human activities on our planet and ways we can build sustainably to avoid doing major harm.
Mariana Garcia-Serrato‘s Earth Day Playlist
Learning Objective: Global Climate Change
Games: Warm Planet Adventure, Escape Global Climate Change, Greenman and The Global Climate Change, Preventative Measures
Synopsis: Student learn about harmful greenhouse gases, ways to combat a warming atmosphere and environmentally friendly sources of alternative energy.
Caitlin Unterman‘s Earth Day Playlist
Learning Objective: Natural Resources
Games: Wealthy City, Resourceful Adventure, The Story of Natural Resources, Pipe Mechanic: Natural Resources
Synopsis: This playlist is great because it takes students through different games that express the importance of natural resources in our everyday lives. Without natural resources from our Earth, many of our daily activities and technologies would not be possible!
Jennifer Pendleton‘s Earth Day Playlist
Learning Objective: Greenhouse Effect
Games: Infrared Escape, Green Planet Adventure, Little Green Planet
Synopsis: Infrared Escape would be a good refresher on the greenhouse effect. Green Planet Adventure helps review more concepts about the greenhouse effect and reinforce them. Little Green Planet is a chance to apply the concepts learned to make decisions.
Legends of Learning‘s Earth Day Playlist
Learning Objective: Human Impacts on Earth Systems
Games: Oscar’s World: Human Impacts on Earth’s Systems, Dam Planner, Bottles: Human Impacts on Earth’s Systems
Synopsis: These three games use a variety of methods to help students understand how their actions have a direct impact on Earth’s ecosystems. Dam Planner really puts students in the drivers seat and helps them actualize their decision making.