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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
Tissue Flower Craft
Trash & Climate Change
Save Our Earth! Alternative Uses for Common Trash
Looking for Signs of Photosynthesis
More Popular Earth Day Printables

Printables for Grades 6-12

Environment & Pollution: Matching Worksheet
Plant Graph
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring: Reading Passage
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring: Comprehension Questions
Seeds Word Search
The "Three Rs": Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle
Recycling Unit: Environment Activities for the Classroom
More Popular Earth Day Printables

Lesson Plans

Recycled Art
Build a Volcano
Weather Station
Flower and Leaf Press
Plants of the Rain Forest
We Care About the Earth: Writing a PSA
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring
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: What Is the Climate System?
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

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
Recycling Craft Project: Make a Birdhouse
More Earth Day Art Activities

History Activities for Earth Day

Littering Reading Warm-Up
Earth Day Activities

Language Arts Resources for Earth Day

Pollution Vocabulary
Soil Erosion Word Search
Earth Day Word Search
A Teacher's Guide to An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore
Ecology-Themed Bulletin Board
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

Join the Planet Protectors Club!
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
More Social Studies Activities for Earth Day

Science Activities for Earth Day

Gardening with Kids
Making a Wind Vane
"Light the Bulbs" Recycling & Pollution Worksheet
What Can You Reuse and Recycle?
What Are Viruses & Bacteria?
How Can You Test to See If Air Takes Up Space?
Composting Process
More Popular Science Activities for Earth Day

Weather Activities for Earth Day

Top 10 Earth Day Printables (K-4)
Earth Science Printables Slideshow
Analyzing Air Quality
The Ozone Show
The Global Environment Outlook: An Overview
Visibility: Teacher Section
Convection Connection
More Popular Weather Activities for Earth Day

Recycling Resources

Favorite Classroom Activities for Going Green
Recycling & Waste Management – Educational Videos & Activities
Green Classroom Practices That Save Money
Dr. Seuss and Resource Use: Featuring The Lorax
Ways to Help the Environment
How Can Natural Resources Be Conserved?
Case of the Broken Loop
More Popular Recycling Resources

Pollution Resources

What Are Some Global Effects of Pollution?
The Human Impact on the Environment–Test
Reusing & Recycling Reduces Waste: Environment Activities for the Classroom
A Household of the Future
Modeling Wastewater Treatment
Major Air Pollutants
Classifying Wastes
More Popular Pollution Resources

Environmental Science Resources

What Are Local Climates?
Green Living Quiz: Global Warming
Planet Protectors Calendar of Activities
Global Warming and Climate
The Effects of Global Warming on Sea Level
The Uncertainties of Global Warming
Global Warming: So, What's the Big Deal?
More Environmental Science Teacher Resources

Natural Resources Conservation

Which Package Is Better?
Stop Junk Mail
Explore Activity: Exploring Recycling
History of Earth Day
Save Our Environment Printable Book (K-12)
Activity: Classifying Natural Resources
What Are Our Main Energy Resources?
More Popular Activities for Natural Resources Conservation

Botany Resources for Earth Day

"My Garden Song"
Plants of the Rain Forest Rubric
Understanding Chlorophyll
Experiment in Chromatography
Plant Products
Tolkien's Middle-earth Unit 6: Treebeard's Lament
What Is the Carbon Cycle?
More Plants (Botany) – Teacher Resources

Animal Resources for Earth Day

Animal Apartments -- Student Worksheet
Animal and Insect Pictures
Animal Apartments
Mystery of the Malformed Frogs Lesson Plan
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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