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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

Renewable and Non-renewable Energy
Plant Crossword Puzzle
How Can You Test to See If Air Takes Up Space?
Soil Erosion Word Search
Trash & Climate Change
Home, Sweet, Home: Animal Habitats
Save Our Earth! Alternative Uses for Common Trash
More Popular Earth Day Printables

Printables for Grades 6-12

Environment & Pollution: Matching Worksheet
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring: Reading Passage
Plant Graph
Activity: Classifying Natural Resources
Seeds Word Search
Looking for Signs of Photosynthesis
Erosion at Work
More Popular Earth Day Printables

Lesson Plans

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

Math Activities for Earth Day

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


Global Warming: A Glossary of Terms
Global Warming: So, What's the Big Deal?
Emissions and Global Warming
National Park System of the United States
National Monuments in the U.S.
National Scenic Trails
Extreme Geographical Points of the United States
More Popular Earth Day References

Earth Day Art Activities

What's the Solution to Ocean Pollution?
Recycled Art Projects Gallery
Crepe Paper Flower
Collecting Cans
Tissue Flower Craft
Maisy's Nature Walk Activity Kit
Children of Native America Today Activities
More Earth Day Art Activities

History Activities for Earth Day

Earth Day Activities
Littering Reading Warm-Up

Language Arts Resources for Earth Day

A Teacher's Guide to An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore
Erosion Word Search
There's an Owl in the Shower
Eclipses of the Sun and Moon, 2005 - 2015
Recycled Poetry
We Care About the Earth: Writing a PSA
Earth Day Word Search
More Language Arts Resources for Earth Day

Social Studies Activities for Earth Day

Rivers of the United States
Highest Mountain Peaks in the United States
Highest, Lowest, and Mean Elevations in the United States, by State
Geographical Highs, Lows, and Boundaries of the U.S.
North American Continental Divide
World Heritage Sites in the United States
Science, Technology, and Society: Clean Machine
More Social Studies Activities for Earth Day

Science Activities for Earth Day

"Light the Bulbs" Recycling & Pollution Worksheet
Gardening with Kids
Composting Process
Box Up Your Habitat
Soil Searching
Investigating Soils and Earth Systems
Plants of the Rain Forest Rubric
More Popular Science Activities for Earth Day

Weather Activities for Earth Day

Top 10 Earth Day Printables (K-4)
Earth Science Printables Slideshow
The Global Environment Outlook: An Overview
Identifying Temperature Inversions
Visibility: Student Section
Content Under Pressure
Visibility Chart
More Popular Weather Activities for Earth Day

Recycling Resources

Recycling & Waste Management – Educational Videos & Activities
Favorite Classroom Activities for Going Green
Save Our Environment Printables Slideshow
How Can Natural Resources Be Conserved?
Dr. Seuss and Resource Use: Featuring The Lorax
The "Three Rs": Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle
A Household of the Future
More Popular Recycling Resources

Pollution Resources

The Human Impact on the Environment–Test
Analyzing Air Quality
Classifying Wastes
Major Air Pollutants
Modeling Wastewater Treatment
Ways to Help the Environment
Tolkien's Middle-earth Unit 6: Treebeard's Lament
More Popular Pollution Resources

Environmental Science Resources

The Ozone Show
Will Global Warming Change the U.S. Climate?
Global Warming and Climate
Global Warming: Climate's Come a Long Way!
The Effects of Global Warming on Sea Level
The Uncertainties of Global Warming
Global Warming: What It Is . . .
More Environmental Science Teacher Resources

Natural Resources Conservation

Which Package Is Better?
History of Earth Day
What Can You Reuse and Recycle?
Explore Activity: Exploring Recycling
Green Classroom Practices That Save Money
Activity: The Water Cycle
Save Our Environment Printable Book (K-12)
More Popular Activities for Natural Resources Conservation

Botany Resources for Earth Day

Understanding Chlorophyll
Experiment in Chromatography
Plant Products
What Is the Carbon Cycle?
Time to Bloom!
"My Garden Song"
More Plants (Botany) – Teacher Resources

Animal Resources for Earth Day

Animal Apartments -- Student Worksheet
Mystery of the Malformed Frogs Lesson Plan
Animal Apartments
Animal and Insect Pictures
Second-Grade Soil Scientists
How Many Shrimp?
What Is Balance in an Ecosystem?
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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