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Classroom Presentations

For Elementary Schools. 

All activities are FREE!

Jump to:  Carbon Neutrality  |  Water Resilience  |  Zero Waste  |  Sustainable Transportation  |  Connection to Nature  |  All

CARBON NEUTRALITY
 

Switch to LED Today!

15 points   

Switch to LED Today! is a fun interactive presentation on the benefits of LED lighting in fighting climate change. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, “Widespread use of LED lighting has the greatest potential impact on energy savings in the United States.” Surprisingly, though, LED lights still only constitute a fraction of the lights used in American homes. Presentation explains the evolution of the light bulb and the need to Switch to LED Today! Kids will also be given LED lights. Email Paul at paul@oneatmosphere.org with the subject line “Switch to LED Today Presentation for (Your School): Earth Day Every Day” to schedule.

 

Curriculum - Partner visits school

Grades 3-8

Planet Protector Academy: Keep Cool

​ 15 points   Cross-listed under Sustainable Transportation

Engage your students in this video-led, arts-based, interdisciplinary resource that meets NGSS and Common Core Standards. Students learn about climate, energy, water, and transportation issues through interactive songs, games and activities in six 1-hour video-led lessons. Students also go home on superhero missions to lead change in their families' habits! Learn more.

Curriculum - Self initiated

Grades 3-5

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WATER RESILIENCE
 

Marine Plastic Pollution Art

 15 points  Cross-listed under Zero Waste

Invite the SF Surfrider Foundation to create art with your students using clean plastic collected at beach cleanups while learning about the big impact they can have by making small changes to avoid single use plastic. You also have the options of using plastic collected at school or having students collect it themselves at a beach cleanup (find this as a separate activity under Field Trips). Student art may also be included in the Surfrider Foundation's annual art show, "Message in a Bottle". Email Eva at RAP@sf.surfrider.org with the subject line "Marine Plastic Classroom Presentation for (Your School): Earth Day Every Day" to schedule.

Classroom Presentation - Partner visits school

All Grades

Our Water

 15 points 

A classroom presentation designed to teach students about San Francisco’s water resources and the importance of conservation and is based on the "Our Water" Curriculum. Email Josephina Dominguez-Chand at josephina.chand@sfgov.org with "Our Water Classroom Presentation for 'X' School: Earth Day Every Day" in the subject line to schedule or learn more.

Classroom Presentation - Partner visits school

Grades 4-6

Save Our Bay

 15 points   Cross-listed under Connection to Nature

This 75-minute presentation teaches students about the Earth’s water supply, the water cycle, and how human activity can pollute or protect our water. Meets California State Standards. Email Josephina Dominguez-Chand at josephina.chand@sfgov.org with "Save Our Bay Classroom Presentation for 'X' School: Earth Day Every Day" in the subject line to schedule or learn more.

Classroom Presentation - Partner visits school

Grades 4-5

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ZERO WASTE
 

Marine Plastic Pollution Art

 15 points  Cross-listed under Water Resilience

Invite the SF Surfrider Foundation to create art with your students using clean plastic collected at beach cleanups while learning about the big impact they can have by making small changes to avoid single use plastic. You also have the options of using plastic collected at school or having students collect it themselves at a beach cleanup (find this as a separate activity under Field Trips). Student art may also be included in the Surfrider Foundation's annual art show, "Message in a Bottle". Email Eva at RAP@sf.surfrider.org with the subject line "Marine Plastic Classroom Presentation for (Your School): Earth Day Every Day" to schedule.

Classroom Presentation - Partner visits school

All Grades

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SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORTATION
 

Street Safety Explorers

​ 15 points   

Street Safety Explorers is a fun, free curriculum that introduces 3rd-5th grade students to the importance of street design and pedestrian safety, while building analytical and critical thinking skills. In the program, students learn to analyze traffic safety problems on the street near their school and identify street redesign solutions that will help address those challenges. Learn more.

Classroom Presentation - Partner visits school

Grades 3-5

Planet Protector Academy: Keep Cool

​ 15 points   Cross-listed under Carbon Neutrality

Engage your students in this video-led, arts-based, interdisciplinary resource that meets NGSS and Common Core Standards. Students learn about climate, energy, water, and transportation issues through interactive songs, games and activities in six 1-hour video-led lessons. Students also go home on superhero missions to lead change in their families' habits! Learn more.

Classroom Presentation - Self initiated

Grades 3-5

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CONNECTION TO NATURE
 

The Marine Mammal Center LIVE Virtual Programs

 15 points 

LIVE is a suite of virtual programs created by The Marine Mammal Center to connect your class or group with a marine science educator at our hospital and education facility in California. Join us on a Digital Dive into the work of marine mammal health and ocean conservation! Learn more.

Classroom Presentation - Self initiated

Grades 3-12

Special Live Event: Spooktacular Skulls

 15 points 

Looking to make Halloween excitement into a fun science experience? Join this 45-minute NGSS-aligned online program from the California Academy of Sciences. Come face-to-face with a diversity of spooktacular skulls! Watch a live colony of flesh-eating beetles in action as they devour and clean flesh from bones. Examine eye sockets, teeth, and other features to find out if mystery skulls were predator or prey. Learn more.

October 30, 2019 - 9:10am or 10:10am

October 31, 2019 - 9:10am or 10:10am

Classroom Presentation - Self initiated

Grades 3-5

Special Live Event: Art Inspiring Action, CalCoast as your Muse

 15 points 

Art is often inspired by nature, and it can also inspire the imagination and actions of the people who see it.  In this 30- or 45-minute program, join us to find your own artistic inspiration as we dive into exploring the creativity and action of other artists throughout time. Learn more.

November 14, 2018 - 9:10am or 10:10am

November 15, 2018 - 10:10am or 11:10am

Classroom Presentation - Self initiated

Grades K-2

Special Live Event: Penguins: Will You Be My Valentine?

 15 points 

In this 30 minute program, get into the Valentine’s Day spirit as you meet one of the Academy's penguin biologists! Get to know what goes in a day of making sure the penguin colony has all they need to live a happy life at the museum. Get an insider look and hear from an Academy expert about the support and efforts that help contribute to African penguins in the wild.  Learn more.

February 13, 2020 - 9:10am or 10:10am

February 14, 2020 - 9:10am or 10:10am

Classroom Presentation - Self initiated

Grades K-2

Special Live Event: Spot that Bird

 15 points 

In this 45 minute program, students will build skills for spotting birds. Through observation, students will identify unique bird adaptations and feeding strategies in a variety of habitats. They will take a closer look at some of the Academy’s bird collections! Students will then create bird field notebooks modeled on journals from Academy scientists! In no time, students will notice birds and their behaviors in their own backyards or right outside the schoolyard. Learn more.

January 23, 2020 - 9:10am or 10:10am

January 24, 2020 - 9:10am or 10:10am

Classroom Presentation - Self initiated

Grades 4-5

Special Live Event: Let's Chat About Weather and Climate

 15 points 

In this 45 minute program, students will practice observing and identifying patterns that meteorologists used to make weather predictions. They then will put these skills to use to make their own forecasts! Building on their ideas of weather as climatologists, students will make observations on weather conditions and the extent to which those conditions vary over time. Through this exploration, students will obtain and integrate information to describe climates in different regions. Learn more.

March 19, 2020 - 9:10am or 10:10am

March 23, 2020 - 9:10am or 10:10am

Classroom Presentation - Self initiated

Grades 4-8

Special Live Event: Food Systems

 15 points 

In this 45-minute NGSS-aligned program, we will explore the ingenuity of individuals designing ways to support ecosystems and communities. Students will build upon their own ideas on impacts of one of the biggest impacts on Earth’s ecosystems, such as how to provide food for all people or how to reduce energy use. Students will be challenged to design simple, personal solutions for minimizing impacts while meeting the needs of people, plants, and animals. At the end, they will create their own Planet Hero Action Plan. Learn more.

 

April 22, 2020 - 9:10am or 10:10am

April 23, 2020 - 9:10am or 10:10am

Classroom Presentation - Self initiated

Grades 4-8

Save Our Bay

 15 points   Cross-listed under Water Resilience

This 75-minute presentation teaches students about the Earth’s water supply, the water cycle, and how human activity can pollute or protect our water. Meets California State Standards. Email Josephina Dominguez-Chand at josephina.chand@sfgov.org with "Save Our Bay Classroom Presentation for 'X' School: Earth Day Every Day" in the subject line to schedule.

Classroom Presentation - Partner visits school

Grades 4-5

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