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Earth Day Teacher Resources

April 22 is Earth Day. Use the lessons, printables, and references below to teach your class about our environment and how to preserve our planet. Resources on global warming, recycling, and pollution will help you explore this important topic. There are plenty of fun hands-on activities for science and art to keep students interested in learning about their world. You'll find a variety of cross-curricular Earth Day resources to enhance your curriculum for kindergarten through twelfth grade.

Earth Day Videos

Recycling & Waste Management – Educational Videos & Activities

Printables for Grades K-5

Plant Crossword Puzzle
Renewable and Non-renewable Energy
Home, Sweet, Home: Animal Habitats
Littering Reading Warm-Up
Seeds Word Search
Recycling Unit: Environment Activities for the Classroom
Tissue Flower Craft
More Popular Earth Day Printables

Printables for Grades 6-12

Plant Graph
Environment & Pollution: Matching Worksheet
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring: Comprehension Questions
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring: Reading Passage
Trash & Climate Change
The "Three Rs": Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle
Erosion at Work
More Popular Earth Day Printables

Lesson Plans

Recycled Art
Weather Station
Build a Volcano
Flower and Leaf Press
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring
Plants of the Rain Forest
Recycled Poetry
More Earth Day Lesson Plans

Math Activities for Earth Day

Money-Saving Tips for Teachers
How Can You Make a Thermometer?
Our Growing Planet
Buy Nothing Day
Recycling Word Problems


Global Warming: A Glossary of Terms
Global Warming: So, What's the Big Deal?
Major Air Pollutants
Highest Mountain Peaks in the United States
Global Warming: Greenhouse Effect
Eclipses of the Sun and Moon, 2005 - 2015
Geographical Highs, Lows, and Boundaries of the U.S.
More Popular Earth Day References

Earth Day Art Activities

Recycled Art Projects Gallery
Crepe Paper Flower
Collecting Cans
What's the Solution to Ocean Pollution?
Children of Native America Today Activities
Maisy's Nature Walk Activity Kit
Coloring Packet: Reusing an Old Jar
More Earth Day Art Activities

History Activities for Earth Day

National Scenic Trails
National Monuments in the U.S.
Earth Day Activities

Language Arts Resources for Earth Day

Soil Erosion Word Search
A Teacher's Guide to An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore
Pollution Vocabulary
Ecology-Themed Bulletin Board
Earth Day Word Search
There's an Owl in the Shower
Just a Dream Teacher's Guide
More Language Arts Resources for Earth Day

Social Studies Activities for Earth Day

Soil Scientists
Earth, Moon, Sun, and Seasons -- Lecture Notes and Facts
National Park System of the United States
Second-Grade Soil Scientists
Science, Technology, and Society: Clean Machine
Experiment Activity: Experimenting with Erosion Control
World Heritage Sites in the United States
More Social Studies Activities for Earth Day

Science Activities for Earth Day

"Light the Bulbs" Recycling & Pollution Worksheet
Gardening with Kids
Looking for Signs of Photosynthesis
Understanding Chlorophyll
Making a Wind Vane
What Are Viruses & Bacteria?
Explore Activity: Exploring Recycling
More Popular Science Activities for Earth Day

Weather Activities for Earth Day

Top 10 Earth Day Printables (K-4)
Earth Science Printables Slideshow
Identifying Biomes
Identifying Temperature Inversions
The Ozone Show
The Global Environment Outlook: An Overview
Air Quality and the Weather -- Student Section
More Popular Weather Activities for Earth Day

Recycling Resources

Recycling & Waste Management – Educational Videos & Activities
Favorite Classroom Activities for Going Green
Green Classroom Practices That Save Money
Environmental Science Printables Slideshow
Dr. Seuss and Resource Use: Featuring The Lorax
Reusing & Recycling Reduces Waste: Environment Activities for the Classroom
Save Our Earth! Alternative Uses for Common Trash
More Popular Recycling Resources

Pollution Resources

The Human Impact on the Environment–Test
What Causes Air Pollution?
Ways to Help the Environment
What Is Balance in an Ecosystem?
What Are Our Main Energy Resources?
We Care About the Earth: Writing a PSA
Analyzing Air Quality
More Popular Pollution Resources

Environmental Science Resources

Save Our Environment Printable Book (K-12)
Green Living Quiz: Global Warming
How Many People Does It Take to Ruin an Ecosystem?
Global Warming: The Climate Detectives
Emissions and Global Warming
Global Warming and Global Temperature
Global Warming: What Is the Climate System?
More Environmental Science Teacher Resources

Natural Resources Conservation

Activity: Classifying Natural Resources
Composting Process
Stop Junk Mail
Which Package Is Better?
Classifying Wastes
A Household of the Future
What Can You Reuse and Recycle?
More Popular Activities for Natural Resources Conservation

Botany Resources for Earth Day

Plant Products
Plants of the Rain Forest Rubric
Tolkien's Middle-earth Unit 6: Treebeard's Lament
Experiment in Chromatography
What Is the Carbon Cycle?
Time to Bloom!
More Plants (Botany) – Teacher Resources

Animal Resources for Earth Day

Mystery of the Malformed Frogs Lesson Plan
Animal Apartments
Animal Apartments -- Student Worksheet
How Many Shrimp?
Animal and Insect Pictures
What Is Wildlife Conservation?
Extinct, Endangered, and Threatened Animals Activity
More Animals – Teacher Resources

More Earth Day Resources

"Green" Activities & Classroom Resources
Wildlife Teacher Resources
Rain Forests: Teacher Resources
Oceans – Teacher Resources
Earth Science Teacher Resources

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