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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
Home, Sweet, Home: Animal Habitats
Trash & Climate Change
Dr. Seuss and Resource Use: Featuring The Lorax
Pollution Vocabulary
Erosion at Work
More Popular Earth Day Printables

Printables for Grades 6-12

Environment & Pollution: Matching Worksheet
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring: Reading Passage
Buy Nothing Day
Plant Graph
Save Our Earth! Alternative Uses for Common Trash
A Teacher's Guide to An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore
The "Three Rs": Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle
More Popular Earth Day Printables

Lesson Plans

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

Math Activities for Earth Day

How Can You Make a Thermometer?
Money-Saving Tips for Teachers
Our Growing Planet
Recycling Word Problems


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

Earth Day Art Activities

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

History Activities for Earth Day

Littering Reading Warm-Up
Earth Day Activities
National Scenic Trails

Language Arts Resources for Earth Day

Soil Erosion Word Search
Erosion Word Search
Seeds Word Search
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring: Comprehension Questions
Taking Care of Our Earth With Katie Kazoo
There's an Owl in the Shower
Eclipses of the Sun and Moon, 2005 - 2015
More Language Arts Resources for Earth Day

Social Studies Activities for Earth Day

Glaciers: Ice That Flows
Changing Land
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
More Social Studies Activities for Earth Day

Science Activities for Earth Day

Looking for Signs of Photosynthesis
What Can You Reuse and Recycle?
Understanding Chlorophyll
What Are Viruses & Bacteria?
Gardening with Kids
Composting Process
Experiment in Chromatography
More Popular Science Activities for Earth Day

Weather Activities for Earth Day

Top 10 Earth Day Printables (K-4)
Identifying Biomes
Earth Science Printables Slideshow
Global Warming: Greenhouse Effect
Global Warming: We CAN Make a Difference!
The Global Environment Outlook: An Overview
Identifying Temperature Inversions
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
Identifying and Conserving Natural Resources Activity
Recycling Unit: Environment Activities for the Classroom
Ways to Help the Environment
Landfill & Combustion Unit: Environment Activities for the Classroom
More Popular Recycling Resources

Pollution Resources

The Human Impact on the Environment–Test
Reusing & Recycling Reduces Waste: Environment Activities for the Classroom
Case of the Broken Loop
Classifying Wastes
Recycling Facts
Make a Difference in Your School
Green Living Quiz: Environmental Resources
More Popular Pollution Resources

Environmental Science Resources

Waste Reduction Unit: Activities on Solid & Hazardous Waste
Green Classroom Practices That Save Money
How Many People Does It Take to Ruin an Ecosystem?
Composting Unit: Environment Activities for the Classroom
Environmental Science Printables Slideshow
What Is the Carbon Cycle?
What Are Some Global Effects of Pollution?
More Environmental Science Teacher Resources

Natural Resources Conservation

Activity: Classifying Natural Resources
How Can Natural Resources Be Conserved?
Stop Junk Mail
"Light the Bulbs" Recycling & Pollution Worksheet
Which Package Is Better?
A Household of the Future
Explore Activity: Exploring Recycling
More Popular Activities for Natural Resources Conservation

Botany Resources for Earth Day

Plants of the Rain Forest Rubric
Plant Products
Tolkien's Middle-earth Unit 6: Treebeard's Lament
Pests, Pesticides, and the Environment Activity
"My Garden Song"
Time to Bloom!
More Plants (Botany) – Teacher Resources

Animal Resources for Earth Day

Animal and Insect Pictures
Animal Apartments -- Student Worksheet
Mystery of the Malformed Frogs Lesson Plan
Animal Apartments
How Many Shrimp?
Second-Grade Soil Scientists
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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