Welcome to Cyberchase: Green It Up! Green It Up is a hands-on program designed for children ages 6-8 to inspire a deep appreciation for nature, build STEM skills, and help students feel empowered to take action in their communities to care for the planet, just like their favorite characters from Cyberchase.
Cyberchase, America’s longest-running math series, has engaged millions of children in the fun and challenge of math and STEM for more than 15 years. The animated series tells the story of a team of curious kids who are summoned into cyberspace to outwit and outsmart the villain Hacker using math and problem-solving skills. Cyberchase proves that math is everywhere, and everyone can use it to make the world better.
Components of Green-It-Up
- 8 hands-on activity cards on different environmental topics. Each card includes an “Explore” activity (an experiment or craft) and a “Get Outside” activity (a mini field trip to explore the concept in an outdoor setting).
- Bilingual family activity versions of activity cards (Deforestation, Pollinators, Fruit and Vegetable Container Garden, and Big Finale)
- A Kids Can Help! poster with kid-friendly actions to help the environment
- Related Cyberchase video clips that correspond with each activity
- Take-home activity booklets that align with classroom activities
Resources on Environmental Education
Localfarmmarkets.org has a directory of farmer’s markets across the country that sell locally grown foods.
The Seasonal Food Guide allows you to look up what foods are grown in what season in different parts of the country.
PBS Learning Media has a simple to understand video lesson to give more background on food waste for kids
Savethefood.com can help you learn more about how to waste less food with tools like a calculator for how much to buy for a big meal, information on storing food so that it doesn’t go bad, and new recipe ideas for leftovers.
LocalHarvest.org Has information on planning for a farm visit and where to find a local farm.
Bee Culture Magazine has a directory of beekeepers by state.
The American Beekeeping Federation can help you find a state or local beekeeping organization.
The Pollinator Partnership has guides to the right plants for your area to attract pollinators.
Fruit and Vegetable Garden:
Kidsgardening.org contains resources on growing specific plants, information on grants available to start your own school garden, and more lessons and activities on gardening with kids.
iNaturalist is an app that helps you identify plants and animals that you find in nature.
The American Public Gardens Association can help you find local public gardens to visit.
The American Community Gardening Association has resources that include instructions for making your own school or community garden, as well as a “find a garden” tool to locate community gardens in your area.
Project Learning Tree has educational activities for schools, informal learning programs, and families to engage in the importance of forests and other environmental education topics. They also provide grants and opportunity for Green Schools and other community service learning projects.
The Arbor Day Foundation has a tree identification guide online.
The National Association of State Park Directors has a tool to find state parks in your local area.
Canopy has information on the benefits of trees and how to care for them.
The Rainforest Action Network has information on how to support actions against deforestation around the world.
The Rainforest Alliance has a list of certified products and other steps you can take to avoid deforestation.
Project Learning Tree has resources for composting in a classroom or at home, including guides for worm bins, backyard composting, and mini composting inside.
KidsGardening.org has information on how to start composting with kids
PBS Learning Media has a guide for classroom video production.
Common Sense Media has identified top websites and apps for students to make their own videos and animations.
The Children’s Museum of the Arts has a craft activity encouraging children to express themselves on issues that matter to them as part of their Civic Kids campaign.
Youth Service America has inspiration, training, and grant opportunities for youth-led community service projects.
Evergreen has a step-by-step guide for “greening up” your school.
The National Wildlife Federation has a Schoolyard Habitats program that helps students restore wildlife habitats on school grounds.
The Green Schools Alliance has information on creating sustainable schools.
For more information, email us at GreenItUp@wnet.org.