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April’s Teaching Resources: Earth Day & National Volunteer Week

Celebrate Earth Day in 2018 (April 22) and National Volunteer Week (April 15-22), with a free sample of popular resources from Social Education, Middle Level Learning, and Social Studies and the Young Learner.

From Social Education

Iftikhar Ahmad, "Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai: Connecting Trees, Civic Education, and Peace," Social Education 69, no. 1 (January/February 2005): 18-22, 

Marisa A. Martin, "'Standing': Who Can Sue to Protect the Environment?" (Looking at the Law) Social Education 72, no. 3 (April 2008): 113-117, 

Bruce Bustard and Lee Ann Potter, “Photographs from the Environmental Protection Agency’s DOCUMERICA Project,” Social Education 77, no. 2 (October 2013): 52-56, .

From Social Studies and the Young Learner

Ava McCall, “When Retired and Practicing Teachers Collaborate: Enhancing Elementary Social Studies Instruction,” Social Studies and the Young Learner 29, no. 4 (March/April 2017) pp. 13–16

Ryan E. Hughes and Sarah L. Thomson, “The First Earth Day, 1970: Examining Documents to Teach About Civic Engagement,” Social Studies and the Young Learner 28, no. 3 (January/February 2016) pp. 11–14

From Middle Level Learning

Caroline C. Sheffield and Ingrid S. Weiland, “Ducks Ahoy! Plastic Debris and Ocean Currents,” Middle Level Learning 46 (January/February 2013): 1-16.

The photo on this page shows Nelson Dewey State Park, a 756-acre park, located along the Mississippi River, named after Wisconsin's first governor. This view reveals the Mississippi with clouds in the sky and early autumn colors. The founder of Earth Day, Senator Gaylord Nelson (1916-2005), grew up among pristine lakes and landscapes of Wisconsin. Photo by Yinan Chen, September 2013, at (Full image at

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