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New! Missouri Green Schools Program

Earth Quest: A game of Environmental Literacy

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Environmental Quizzes

K-2 biodiversity quiz

Coloring Sheets

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Green Holidays Calendar

Missouri Environmental Education News
October 2018

Table of Contents: Feature: Missouri Green School - Getting Started, MO Green Schools and EE Conference, Kudos!, Things to Look Out for in October, MEEA News, Grants, Contests and Awards, Conferences, Workshops, Jobs, Teaching and Learning: Solar Energy

Getting Started on Becoming a Green School

Bellerive Elementary School

Bellerive Elementary Eats Healthy

Getting started on becoming a Green School is not rocket science, but it does take some people and organizational skills. Review the 6 steps listed below. If you think your school is ready, visit which will have links to all the resources listed below.

  1. Set up a team. Ideally your team will include an educator, an administrator (this person is essential), and folks who handle facility operations, health, food, and PE. For middle and high schools, representatives from a student organization are also important. Teams are important because the MGS program takes a comprehensive approach to evaulation, and the knowledge and expertise of many different people are needed.
  2. Get everyone on the same page. Meet with your team and use this checklist and the levels below to do a quick assessment of how your school meets the criteria based on the knowledge of the people in the room. Come to a shared understanding of how joining the program aligns with the school's vision and mission. (If your school doesn't have a vision and mission, it needs one - which may be a whole other thing.) Then set 2 or 3 goals for yourselves to accomplish in the next year. Choose a lead person to handle the documentation and paperwork. Identify the folks who are missing that need to be part of the process. Assign tasks and set your next meeting time.
  3. Enroll. Have your lead person enroll in the MGS program. This person will be the point of contact for the MGS program. They will need your school information, a list of team members and some goals you have for your school.
  4. Start with Level 1. Download the Level 1 form and begin collecting data to document your accomplishments. If you have accomplishments in Level 2 or 3, document those as well.
  5. Work the Program. Proceed through the levels at a pace that is comfortable with the time, talent and treasure you can commit to the program.
  6. Consider Nomination. If you have completed Levels 1 and 2, and have some steps in Level 3 completed, contact the MGS Program coordinator, Jan Weaver, about submitting a nomination for USED Green Ribbon Schools recognition.

Would you like to see what other schools are doing that you might try? Send someone to the Green Strides Tour October 24-25 to see how easy it can be to go green.


MO Green Schools and EE Conference

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Taking Learning Outdoors

The greatest opportunities to learn science, math, English and social studies can be found by looking out the window. The school yard and the back yard are the first and best places for students to develop their understanding of place, because they are so accessible and can be experienced in so many ways over a day, a year or a life time. Once students connect to one place, they have a more solid context for broadening the boundaries of "place" from their community to the planet. Join us as we explore ways to use place-based learning as a way to develop knowledge, skills and understanding.

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Kudos to MEEA and MELAB Members!

Congratulations to the four Missouri Schools that received US ED Green Ribbon School Awards this year. Check out the video of the ceremony. Missouri's recognition begins with about 46:43 left in the video. See screenshots of each school below.

Bellerive Elementary

Bellerive Elementary

Green Trails Elementary

Green Trails Elementary

W. W. Keysor Elementary

W. W. Keysor Elementary

St. Louis University HS

St. Louis University HS

Did you get a promotion? Take on a new job? Win an award? Receive a Grant? Let us know so we can share the news with your peers!


Things to Look for (or Look Out for) in October

What to Look for Right Now - MDC's list of What's Out There in October!


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Coming Up in the Next Two Months

Unsure about how to go after or write a grant proposal? There's a hands-on workshop for that at the MOGSEE Conference!

Special online course in Civic Ecology from Cornell University - September 18-November 5 -

(These count for Environmental Educator Certification categories 1, 2 or 3. Visit the EE Certification page here)

EE Jobs details here


Teaching and Learning: Solar Power

(Solar Power Week is the 3rd week in October)

10 Fun Solar Experiments for Kids EE to HS Light Box, Solar Oven, Parabolic Solar Cooker, Fry an Egg, Sunscreen, Solar Light, Solar Desalinization Station, Solar Powered Car, Solar Updraft Tower, Melted Crayons -

Solar Energy Activities PreK, EE Children are never too young to learn about solar energy, and they learn best when using their senses.That’s why these interactive solar energy activities are a perfect way to help your preschoolers understand how the Sun works. Come on, soak up the Sun!

Solar Classroom Lesson Plan UE Learn solar basics, experiment with solar ovens and other projects, explore solar decathalon team projects.

Here Comes the Sun UE, MS, HS Lesson focuses on solar panel design, and its application in the standard calculator. It explores how both solar panels and calculators operate and explores simple circuits using solar power -

From Sunlight to Electric Current MS The lesson will first explore the concept of current in electrical circuits. Photovoltaic (PV) cell properties will then be introduced. This will lead to the principle of "Conservation of Energy." Finally, with a basic understanding of the circuits through Ohm's law, students will see how the energy from the sun can be used to power everyday items, including vehicles. This lesson utilizes the engineering design activity of building a solar car to help students learn these concepts. From TeachEngineering -

Energy Resources and SystemsMS Several activities are included to teach and research the differences between renewable and non-renewable resources and various energy resources. Students work with a quantitative, but simple model of energy resources to show how rapidly finite, non-renewable energy sources can be depleted, whereas renewable resources (like sunlight) continue to be available. Then students complete a homework assignment (or a longer, in-depth research project) to learn how various technologies capture energy resources for human uses, and their pros and cons. Fact sheets help students get started on their investigations of assigned energy sources.

Solar Energy Lesson Plan MS, HS Using the solar energy website, students will explore, compare and analyze available solar technologies, determining the effectiveness of each when utilized in the Midwest -

Concentrated Solar Power HS Students learn how the total solar irradiance hitting a photovoltaic (PV) panel can be increased through the use of a concentrating device, such as a reflector or lens. This is the final lesson in the Photovoltaic Efficiency unit and is intended to accompany a fun design project (see the associated Concentrating on the Sun with PVs activity) to wrap up the unit. However, it can be completed independently of the other unit lessons and activities. From TeachEngineering -

Solar Power: When and Where is Best? HS Students learn about solar energy and how to calculate the amount of solar energy available at a given location and time of day on Earth. The importance of determining incoming solar energy for solar devices is discussed -

Check out other energy related lessons here




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