Landmark Lesson Plan Legacy of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring
Lesson Plan – The following inquiry-based student activities are designed for use in high school lesson planning. The handout, activities and video will help students understand the reasons for the widespread use of the insecticide DDT earlier in history as well as its subsequent banning. They will be able to see the lasting effect Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring has had on chemistry itself, our view of the environment and how we weigh the benefits and drawbacks of new materials and technology.
ChemMatters is a magazine that helps high school students find connections between chemistry and the world around them.
Profile | Tyler Thrasher Makes Dead Bugs Sparkle - About three years ago, as Tyler Thrasher was finishing a college degree in computer animation, he decided that he didn’t want to be a computer animator. For inspiration, he flipped through his notebooks, in which he had been sketching objects that fascinated him. His caving excursions exposed him to sparkling minerals, and led him to produce crystal drawings.
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Butterflies – Review this amazing collection of activities, magnified images, posters, and citizen science projects help you engage the public through the fascinating world of butterflies.
Earth Day – A best of list of resources from the National Informal STEM Education Network, NASA, and others featuring hands-on activities, citizen science projects, apps, poster, and interactives, to celebrate our favorite planet with our favorite people.
Bugs to Dye For
Cochineal bugs are used today to color many things including food, beverages, and cosmetics. Try this activity to discover how!
Taking the Sting Out of Bites
Bites or stings from certain bugs, such as red fire ants or bees, can be extra irritating. Explore some common remedies and see how effective they are!
In this activity, you will assemble some common aromas from natural fruits and flowers and from products that use scents as part of their ingredients.
Illustrated Poem Contest - As part of every CCEW celebration, ACS sponsors a national illustrated poem contest for K-12 students. To participate, contact your local section CCEW Coordinator.
CCEW Lesson Plan Contest for K-12 Teachers
AACT is excited to offer a content writing opportunity for K–12 teacher members! Participants submit an idea for one exciting and unique lesson plan reflecting the 2022 Chemists Celebrate Earth Week theme, The Buzz About Bugs: Insect Chemistry. AACT will select one winning lesson plan for the K–8 grade level, and one winning lesson plan for the high school grade level. The winning lessons will receive $250 and be featured on social media! Learn more and enter today!
Resources from the Earth Day Network
Plan an effective teach-in on topics like reforestation, climate change, food waste, plastic use, and more! Bring your community together and build capacity to make change!
Climate Civics Toolkit
Explore ways to learn more about the local impacts of climate change and what it means to be an active participant in community civic action. A week’s worth of activities and lessons for learners ages 8-18 and beyond.