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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
Home, Sweet, Home: Animal Habitats
Dr. Seuss and Resource Use: Featuring The Lorax
Plant Crossword Puzzle
Soil Erosion Word Search
Save Our Earth! Alternative Uses for Common Trash
The "Three Rs": Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle
More Popular Earth Day Printables

Printables for Grades 6-12

Environment & Pollution: Matching Worksheet
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring: Comprehension Questions
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring: Reading Passage
Plant Graph
Trash & Climate Change
Seeds Word Search
What Are Natural Resources?
More Popular Earth Day Printables

Lesson Plans

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

Math Activities for Earth Day

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

References

Global Warming: A Glossary of Terms
Global Warming: So, What's the Big Deal?
Global Warming: Greenhouse Effect
Geographical Highs, Lows, and Boundaries of the U.S.
The Global Environment Outlook: An Overview
Emissions and Global Warming
Global Warming and Global Temperature
More Popular Earth Day References

Earth Day Art Activities

Clean Up Australia
Recycled Art Projects Gallery
Tissue Flower Craft
Crepe Paper Flower
Flower and Leaf Press
What's the Solution to Ocean Pollution?
Maisy's Nature Walk Activity Kit
More Earth Day Art Activities

History Activities for Earth Day

Reading Warm-Up 74 for Gr. 3 & 4: Current Events
Earth Day Activities
National Monuments in the U.S.
National Scenic Trails

Language Arts Resources for Earth Day

Pollution Vocabulary
Extinct, Endangered, and Threatened Animals Activity
Just a Dream Teacher's Guide
A Teacher's Guide to An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore
Earth Day Word Search
Tolkien's Middle-earth Unit 6: Treebeard's Lament
There's an Owl in the Shower
More Language Arts Resources for Earth Day

Social Studies Activities for Earth Day

Second-Grade Soil Scientists
Earth, Moon, Sun, and Seasons -- Lecture Notes and Facts
Glaciers: Ice That Flows
Soil Scientists
Will Global Warming Change the U.S. Climate?
Children of Native America Today Activities
European Day of Parks
More Social Studies Activities for Earth Day

Science Activities for Earth Day

Making a Wind Vane
What Can You Reuse and Recycle?
Looking for Signs of Photosynthesis
Gardening with Kids
"Light the Bulbs" Recycling & Pollution Worksheet
Classifying Cerealites
Erosion at Work
More Popular Science Activities for Earth Day

Weather Activities for Earth Day

Top 10 Earth Day Printables (K-4)
Earth Science Printables Slideshow
Global Warming: We CAN Make a Difference!
Breaking Up Is Easy to Do
Erosion Word Search
Global Warming and Climate
The Uncertainties of Global Warming
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
Recycling Unit: Environment Activities for the Classroom
Ways to Help the Environment
Identifying and Conserving Natural Resources Activity
How Can Natural Resources Be Conserved?
More Popular Recycling Resources

Pollution Resources

Reusing & Recycling Reduces Waste: Environment Activities for the Classroom
Make a Difference in Your School
Green Living Quiz: Environmental Resources
What Causes Air Pollution?
Six Major Air Pollutants Activity
Save Our Environment Printables Slideshow
Recycling Facts
More Popular Pollution Resources

Environmental Science Resources

Green Living Quiz: Global Warming
How Many People Does It Take to Ruin an Ecosystem?
Composting Unit: Environment Activities for the Classroom
Save Our Environment Printable Book (K-12)
Earth's Changing Surfaces Printables Gallery
Case of the Broken Loop
An Ecosystem Escapade
More Environmental Science Teacher Resources

Natural Resources Conservation

Activity: Classifying Natural Resources
Activity: The Water Cycle
Landfill & Combustion Unit: Environment Activities for the Classroom
Waste-Free Lunch
What Are Natural Resources? Definitions
Composting Process
Green Living Quiz: Famous Environmentalists
More Popular Activities for Natural Resources Conservation

Botany Resources for Earth Day

Understanding Chlorophyll
What Is the Carbon Cycle?
"My Garden Song"
Time to Bloom!
Pests, Pesticides, and the Environment Activity
Plants of the Rain Forest Rubric
Photosynthesis
More Plants (Botany) – Teacher Resources

Animal Resources for Earth Day

Animal Apartments
What Is Balance in an Ecosystem?
Recycling Craft Project: Make a Birdhouse
What Is Wildlife Conservation?
Animal Apartments -- Student Worksheet
Animal and Insect Pictures
Mystery of the Malformed Frogs Lesson Plan
More Animals – Teacher Resources

More Earth Day Resources

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

Highlights

Galactic Hot Dogs Reading Marathon
Join the Galactic Hot Dogs Reading Marathon! Read each episode as it's re-released with newly revealed facts, behind-the-scenes illustrations, and the inside scoop. Make it official by pledging on the blog to read each chapter with Cosmoe. Your students will love following the exploits of these space travelers, and you'll love the educational elements that can easily be paired to the stories.

Handwashing Awareness
Kids are especially susceptible to contracting and spreading viruses during the winter months. Prevention starts with proper handwashing. Show students how to keep germs away.

March Calendar of Events
March is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: National School Breakfast Week (3/2-6), World Orphan Week (3/4-11), Boston Massacre (3/5/1770), Daylight Saving Time Begins (3/8), International Women's Day (3/8), Teen Tech Week (3/8-14), Pi Day (3/14), St. Patrick's Day (3/17), Spring Begins (3/20), Make Your Own Holiday Day (3/26), and World Theatre Day (3/27). Plus, celebrate Deaf History Month (3/15-4/15), Music In Our Schools Month, Women's History Month, and Youth Art Month!

Poptropica Teaching Guides
Poptropica is one of the Internet's most popular sites for kids—and now it's available as an app for the iPad! It's not just a place to play games; each of the islands featured on the site provides a learning opportunity. Check out our teaching guides to four of Poptropica's islands: 24 Carrot Island, Time Tangled Island, Mystery Train Island, and Mythology Island.

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Women's History Month
March is Women's History Month. Talk to your students about the accomplishments women have made—as well as the adversity they have faced.

Teaching with Comics
Reach reluctant readers and English-language learners with comics! Our original teaching guide to the Galactic Hot Dogs comic series, as found on Funbrain.com, will take students on a cosmic adventure while engaging their creative minds. Plus, find even more activities for teaching with comics, featuring many other classic stores.

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