Parent & Educator Toolkit

Teachers, Child Care Providers, Children’s Librarians, and Parents! The Children's Environmental Health Committee of the American Public Health Association curated some excellent resources on how the environment affects human health just for you, whether you want to plan a book reading, an educational game or activity, or incorporate a lesson plan into your class. A number of these activities can be performed at home during school closures!

Browse the collection below by either Grade Level, Resource Type, or Topic. Disclaimer

 

Pre-K Resources

ResourceAuthor/SourceTypeTopic
The Lead DetectivesSusan Taylor BrownBookLead hazards
Ethan’s House Gets Healthier With a Visit from the Lead Poisoning Prevention TeamCDC National Center for Environmental HealthBook; Coloring bookLead hazards
Series of Ready Wrigley booksCDC Center for Preparedness and ResponseBook; Coloring bookDisaster preparedness
Healthy World, Healthy YouMount Sinai Children’s Environmental Health Center and Transdisciplinary Center on Early Environmental ExposuresBook; Coloring bookVaried
Healthy Home, Healthy Child Activity BookColumbia Center for Children's Environmental HealthBook; Coloring bookVaried
Look Before You L.E.A.P. Activity BookHuntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition Inc.Activities (e.g., crosswords, coloring)Varied
Kids Environment Kids HealthNational Institute of Environmental Health SciencesWebsite of various resourcesVaried
Parent Group Orientation on Lead Poisoning PreventionWisconsin Department of Health Services, Division of Public Health, Bureau of Environmental and Occupational HealthWebsite of various resourcesLead hazards
Lesson Plans, Teacher Guides and Online Environmental Resources for EducatorsU.S. Environmental Protection AgencyWebsite of various resourcesVaried
Teaching Intersectionality and Environmental Justice in Our ClassroomsNAACPWebsite of various resourcesEnvironmental justice
Lead poisoning curriculum for preschool children and their familiesNY State Department of Public HealthLesson plans; CurriculumLead hazards

 

 

K-4 Resources

ResourceAuthor/SourceTypeTopic
The Lead DetectivesSusan Taylor BrownBookLead hazards
Ethan’s House Gets Healthier With a Visit from the Lead Poisoning Prevention TeamCDC National Center for Environmental HealthBook; Coloring bookLead hazards
Series of Ready Wrigley booksCDC Center for Preparedness and ResponseBook; Coloring bookDisaster preparedness
Healthy World, Healthy YouMount Sinai Children’s Environmental Health Center and Transdisciplinary Center on Early Environmental ExposuresBook; Coloring bookVaried
Healthy Home, Healthy Child Activity BookColumbia Center for Children's Environmental HealthBook; Coloring bookVaried
Look Before You L.E.A.P. Activity BookHuntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition Inc.Activities (e.g., crosswords, coloring)Varied
Kids Environment Kids HealthNational Institute of Environmental Health SciencesWebsite of various resourcesVaried
Lesson Plans, Teacher Guides and Online Environmental Resources for EducatorsU.S. Environmental Protection AgencyWebsite of various resourcesVaried
Ready KidsNational Public Service CampaignWebsite of various resourcesDisaster preparedness
Teaching Intersectionality and Environmental Justice in Our ClassroomsNAACPWebsite of various resourcesEnvironmental justice
Envrionmental Justice Unit Designed for 3rd and 4th GradeJenna Harmsen Lesson plans; Curriculum Environmental justice
EnviroAtlas Educational Materials: Connecting Ecosystems and Human HealthU.S. Environmental Protection AgencyLesson plans; CurriculumVaried
Toxicology, Risk Assessment and Pollution (Tox RAP)Rutgers/NIEHS/Center of Excellence at the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences InstituteLesson plans; CurriculumVaried

 

 

Grades 5-8 Resources

ResourceAuthor/SourceTypeTopic
Environment and Health A to ZNational Institute of Environmental Health Sciences BookVaried
Mayah's Lot CUNY Center for Urban Environmental ReformBook; Graphic novelEnvironmental justice
Teaching Intersectionality and Environmental Justice in Our ClassroomsNAACPWebsite of various resourcesEnvironmental justice
Ready KidsNational Public Service CampaignWebsite of various resourcesDisaster preparedness
ToxTown: Science Classroom (Grades 6-8)NIH U.S. National Library of Medicinewebsite of various resourcesVaried
Kids Environment Kids HealthNational Institute of Environmental Health SciencesWebsite of various resourcesVaried
Lesson Plans, Teacher Guides and Online Environmental Resources for EducatorsU.S. Environmental Protection AgencyWebsite of various resourcesVaried
The Science Behind Climate ChangeScholasticLesson plans; CurriculumClimate change
Environmental Justice (Grade 7)Learning to Give Lesson plans; CurriculumEnvironmental justice
Analyzing Environmental JusticeTeaching Tolerance Lesson plans; CurriculumEnvironmental justice
EnviroAtlas Educational Materials: Connecting Ecosystems and Human HealthU.S. Environmental Protection AgencyLesson plans; CurriculumVaried
Recipes for Healthy Kids and a Healthy EnvironmentU.S. Environmental Protection Agency Lesson plans; Curriculum Varied
Toxicology, Risk Assessment and Pollution (Tox RAP)Rutgers/NIEHS/Center of Excellence at the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences InstituteLesson plans; CurriculumVaried

 

 

Grades 9-12+ Resources

ResourceAuthor/SourceTypeTopic
The Story of HealthATSDR, Collaborative on Health and the Environment, Science and Environmental Health Network, Western States PESHUBook (e-book)Varied
Environment and Health A to ZNational Institute of Environmental Health SciencesBookVaried
Mayah's LotCUNY Center for Urban Environmental ReformBook; Graphic novelEnvironmental justice
Ready KidsNational Public Service CampaignWebsite of various resourcesDisaster preparedness
Teaching Intersectionality and Environmental Justice in Our ClassroomsNAACPWebsite of various resourcesEnvironmental justice
Kids Environment Kids HealthNational Institute of Environmental Health SciencesWebsite of various resourcesVaried
Lesson Plans, Teacher Guides and Online Environmental Resources for EducatorsU.S. Environmental Protection AgencyWebsite of various resourcesVaried
A Student Exploration of the Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health & Vector-borne DiseaseNational Institute of Environmental Health SciencesLesson plans; CurriculumClimate change
Climate Change and Human Health Lesson PlansNational Institute of Environmental Health SciencesLesson plans; CurriculumClimate change
The Science Behind Climate ChangeScholasticLesson plans; CurriculumClimate change
Environmental Justice curriculumJust Health ActionLesson plans; CurriculumEnvironmental justice
Lesson Plan: Environmental RacismAmerican Sociological AssociationLesson plans; CurriculumEnvironmental justice
Analyzing Environmental JusticeTeaching ToleranceLesson plans; CurriculumEnvironmental justice
EnviroAtlas Educational Materials: Connecting Ecosystems and Human HealthU.S. Environmental Protection AgencyLesson plans; CurriculumVaried
Hydroville Curriculum ProjectOregon State UniversityLesson plans; CurriculumVaried
Toxicology, Risk Assessment and Pollution (Tox RAP)Rutgers/NIEHS/Center of Excellence at the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences InstituteLesson plans; CurriculumVaried
C-CHANGE Educational Resources on Climate, Health, and COVID-19Putney Pre-College and Harvard ChanLesson plans; CurriculumClimate Change

 

 

Books

ResourceAuthor/SourceGrade LevelTopic
The Lead DetectivesSusan Taylor BrownPre-K, K-4Lead hazards
Series of Ready Wrigley booksCDC Center for Preparedness and Response Pre-K, K-4Disaster preparedness
Ethan’s House Gets Healthier With a Visit from the Lead Poisoning Prevention TeamCDC National Center for Environmental Health Pre-K, K-4Lead hazards
Healthy World, Healthy YouMount Sinai Children’s Environmental Health Center and Transdisciplinary Center on Early Environmental Exposures Pre-K, K-4Varied
Healthy Home, Healthy Child Activity BookColumbia Center for Children's Environmental Health Pre-K, K-4Varied
Environment and Health A to ZNational Institute of Environmental Health SciencesGrades 5-12Varied
Mayah's Lot CUNY Center for Urban Environmental Reform Grades 5-12Environmental justice
The Story of HealthATSDR, Collaborative on Health and the Environment, Science and Environmental Health Network, Western States PESHU Grades 9-12+Varied

 

 

Activities (e.g., crosswords, coloring)

ResourceAuthor/SourceGrade LevelTopic
Look Before You L.E.A.P. Activity BookHuntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition Inc.Pre-K, K-4Varied
Series of Ready Wrigley booksCDC Center for Preparedness and Response Pre-K, K-4Disaster preparedness
Ethan’s House Gets Healthier With a Visit from the Lead Poisoning Prevention TeamCDC National Center for Environmental Health Pre-K, K-4Lead hazards
Healthy World, Healthy YouMount Sinai Children’s Environmental Health Center and Transdisciplinary Center on Early Environmental Exposures Pre-K, K-4Varied
Healthy Home, Healthy Child Activity BookColumbia Center for Children's Environmental Health Pre-K, K-4Varied

 

 

Websites with various resources

ResourceAuthor/SourceGrade LevelTopic
Parent Group Orientation on Lead Poisoning PreventionWisconsin Department of Health Services, Division of Public Health, Bureau of Environmental and Occupational HealthPre-KLead hazards
Kids Environment Kids HealthNational Institute of Environmental Health SciencesPre-K – Grade 12Varied
Lesson Plans, Teacher Guides and Online Environmental Resources for EducatorsU.S. Environmental Protection Agency Pre-K – Grade 12Varied
Teaching Intersectionality and Environmental Justice in Our ClassroomsNAACP Pre-K – Grade 12+Environmental justice
Ready KidsNational Public Service CampaignK-12Disaster preparedness
ToxTown: Science Classroom (Grades 6-8)NIH U.S. National Library of MedicineGrades 6-8Varied

 

 

Lesson Plans/Curriculum

ResourceAuthor/SourceGrade LevelTopic
Lead poisoning curriculum for preschool children and their familiesNY State Department of Public HealthPre-KLead hazards
Toxicology, Risk Assessment and Pollution (Tox RAP)Rutgers/NIEHS/Center of Excellence at the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences InstituteK-9Varied
Envrionmental Justice Unit Designed for 3rd and 4th GradeJenna Harmsen Grades 3-4 Environmental justice
EnviroAtlas Educational Materials: Connecting Ecosystems and Human HealthU.S. Environmental Protection AgencyGrades 4-12Varied
Recipes for Healthy Kids and a Healthy EnvironmentU.S. Environmental Protection Agency Grades 5-8 Varied
The Science Behind Climate ChangeScholasticGrades 6-12Climate change
Analyzing Environmental JusticeTeaching Tolerance Grades 6-12Environmental justice
Environmental Justice (Grade 7)Learning to Give Grade 7Environmental justice
Hydroville Curriculum ProjectOregon State University Grades 9-12Varied
A Student Exploration of the Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health & Vector-borne DiseaseNational Institute of Environmental Health SciencesGrades 9-12Climate change
Lesson Plan: Environmental RacismAmerican Sociological AssociationGrades 9-12Environmental justice
Climate Change and Human Health Lesson PlansNational Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Grades 9-12+Climate change
Environmental Justice curriculumJust Health ActionGrades 9-12+Environmental justice
C-CHANGE Educational Resources on Climate, Health, and COVID-19Putney Pre-College and Harvard ChanGrades 9-12+Climate Change

 

 

Lead Hazards

ResourceAuthor/SourceGrade LevelType
Lead poisoning curriculum for preschool children and their familiesNY State Department of Public HealthPre-KLesson plans/Curriculum
Parent Group Orientation on Lead Poisoning PreventionWisconsin Department of Health Services, Division of Public Health, Bureau of Environmental and Occupational HealthPre-KWebsite of various resources
The Lead DetectivesSusan Taylor BrownPre-K, K-4Book
Ethan’s House Gets Healthier With a Visit from the Lead Poisoning Prevention TeamCDC National Center for Environmental Health Pre-K, K-4Book, Coloring book

 

 

Climate Change

ResourceAuthor/SourceGrade LevelType
The Science Behind Climate ChangeScholasticGrades 6-12 Lesson plans/Curriculum
A Student Exploration of the Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health & Vector-borne DiseaseNational Institute of Environmental Health SciencesGrades 9-12 Lesson plans/Curriculum
Climate Change and Human Health Lesson PlansNational Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Grades 9-12+Lesson plans/Curriculum
C-CHANGE Educational Resources on Climate, Health, and COVID-19Putney Pre-College and Harvard ChanGrades 9-12+Lesson Plans/Curriculume

 

 

Emergency Preparedness

ResourceAuthor/SourceGrade LevelType
Series of Ready Wrigley booksCDC Center for Preparedness and Response Pre-K, K-4Book, Coloring book
Ready KidsNational Public Service CampaignK-12Website of various resources

 

 

Environmental Justice

ResourceAuthor/SourceGrade LevelType
Teaching Intersectionality and Environmental Justice in Our ClassroomsNAACP Pre-K – Grade 12+Website of various resources
Envrionmental Justice Unit Designed for 3rd and 4th GradeJenna Harmsen Grades 3-4 Lesson plans/Curriculum
Mayah's Lot CUNY Center for Urban Environmental Reform Grades 5-12Book (graphic novel)
Analyzing Environmental JusticeTeaching Tolerance Grades 6-12Lesson plans/Curriculum
Environmental Justice (Grade 7)Learning to Give Grade 7Lesson plans/Curriculum
Lesson Plan: Environmental RacismAmerican Sociological AssociationGrades 9-12 Lesson plans/Curriculum
Environmental Justice curriculumJust Health ActionGrades 9-12+ Lesson plans/Curriculum

 

 

Varied

ResourceAuthor/SourceGrade LevelType
Look Before You L.E.A.P. Activity BookHuntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition Inc.Pre-K, K-4Activities (coloring, crossword, wordfind)
Healthy World, Healthy YouMount Sinai Children’s Environmental Health Center and Transdisciplinary Center on Early Environmental Exposures Pre-K, K-4 Book, Coloring book
Healthy Home, Healthy Child Activity BookColumbia Center for Children's Environmental Health Pre-K, K-4Book, Coloring book
Kids Environment Kids HealthNational Institute of Environmental Health SciencesPre-K – Grade 12Website of various resources
Lesson Plans, Teacher Guides and Online Environmental Resources for EducatorsU.S. Environmental Protection Agency Pre-K – Grade 12 Website of various resources
Toxicology, Risk Assessment and Pollution (Tox RAP)Rutgers/NIEHS/Center of Excellence at the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences InstituteK-9Lesson plans/Curriculum
EnviroAtlas Educational Materials: Connecting Ecosystems and Human HealthU.S. Environmental Protection AgencyGrades 4-12 Lesson plans/Curriculum
Recipes for Healthy Kids and a Healthy EnvironmentU.S. Environmental Protection Agency Grades 5-8 Lesson plans/Curriculum
Environment and Health A to ZNational Institute of Environmental Health SciencesGrades 5-12Book
ToxTown: Science Classroom (Grades 6-8)NIH U.S. National Library of MedicineGrades 6-8Website of various resources
Hydroville Curriculum ProjectOregon State University Grades 9-12Lesson plans/Curriculum
The Story of HealthATSDR, Collaborative on Health and the Environment, Science and Environmental Health Network, Western States PESHU Grades 9-12+Book (e-book)