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These teaching activities are great for at-home learning because they can either be completed online, or use few supplies or supplies commonly found at home. The lessons are fairly self-directed for students and require minimal support needed from parents.

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Students use Google Maps to explore transit options and calculate emissions

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Students use interactive mapping to strategize urban transit and determine the most convenient ways for people to get around a…

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Helpful Tools and Lists for Online Education

Do more with distance learning using these instructional guides and lesson plan template for online courses

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5 Lesson Plans for Online Teaching: UNLV Professor Tells Us How She Did It

We’re excited to share the following post by guest blogger Dr. Merryn Cole, Assistant Professor of Science Education at the... Read more »

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5 Distance Learning Earth Day Lessons Your Students Can Do At Home

Even though your teaching has moved online, you can still provide students with meaningful and memorable experiences to promote environmental... Read more »

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It’s a Census Year! Here are 3 Online Activities for Your Students

2020 is a census year and a unique teachable moment, both for students learning online and those meeting in schools.... Read more »

28 Learning Activities & Lesson Plans for Students’ Distance Learning at Home

We know that a lot of teachers and families are looking for free educational resources for distance learning. And we’re... Read more »

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9 Summer Activities Kids Can Do at Home with Minimal Parental Guidance

In light of COVID-19 and the switch to distance learning, many parents have taken on the role of home school... Read more »

Easy-to-Modify Lesson Plans for Online Teaching

These lesson plans can easily be modified for students working at home

Students weigh their lunch waste every day for a week and then employ strategies to decrease their waste footprint
Waste A-Weigh

By weighing and recording their lunch waste every day for a week, students learn how conservation efforts can reduce the... Read more »

Line graph displaying CO2 emissions and human population growth from 1750 to 2050
Generating Heat

Students graph current carbon dioxide emissions and population growth over time and discuss trends they observe.

Student reads an online photo essay about girls' schooling in different countries
Lessons for Life

Students read and discuss a short conversation between two Ethiopian girls, watch two photo essays of school girls in less... Read more »

About Population Education

Population Education is a national program that provides resources and professional development for K-12 educators focusing on human population trends and their impacts on natural resources, environmental quality and human well being. PopEd is a program of Population Connection.