Earth Day started in 1970 as a day to gather national support for environmental issues. On that day millions of people participated and the day continues to be widely celebrated on April 22nd. Today, common activities include planting trees, cleaning up litter or simply enjoying nature through hiking, gardening, or taking a stroll in a park.
Top 5 Earth Day Resources
This collection of lesson plans and resources will help teachers and students prepare for the celebration on April 22nd. Take a look and please share with others.
The site offers a comprehensive listing of activities that includes discussions of environmental issues and educational resources for parents and teachers.
Check out the Classroom Resources link. There are many activities specifically for the exhibits BUT they can also be used without a fieldtrip to the museum. Curriculum videos and Games and Activities links are excellent. Lessons for PreK-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12 cover marine life, ocean environments, and plastic pollution.
Celebrate Earth Day (Scholastic)
Lessons and activities (including printables) for grades 5-8 that promote environmental awareness. In general, Scholastic does a great job in posting classroom resources.
Love this site for its simplicity. Easy downloadable coloring sheets to celebrate Earth Day. The site I used with the grandkids this year.
There are 13 brief videos showing the green movement since the first Earth Day in 1970. Be sure to check this site out throughout the year since it includes a link to “This Day in History”.
Whatever you do in the classroom be sure to take a few minutes to go outside and enjoy our world!