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Rarely does an educational website set out to save the planet, but ePals TeamEarth does just that. Originally designed to help students, worldwide, share their ideas and concerns as delegates of the World Climate Change Forum in December 2009, the 2010 version introduces issues such as energy use, fresh water, and consumption. Topics already in place are Biodiversity, Black History, Human Rights, and Storytelling.
Winner of the Multi-Subject Current Topics Website award, TeamEarth offers a wealth of activities: Watch and post videos, add to a storybook, play art games, try a Webquest, send feedback, respond to posted videos, and read or post blogs on Facebook and/or Twitter. For teachers, tips, tools and lessons that are divided into three age groups - Grades 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12 - address each focus area with age-appropriate materials. Free activities are drawn from government sites, museums, zoos, and nonprofit groups, and have been vetted and organized carefully by ePals' staff to ensure a safe environment where students can explore independently.
Climate change, energy, water, and consumption are all of critical importance to the peoples of this world, and ePals is commended for helping educators bring these issues to those who will benefit the most from careful stewardship: Our children.