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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

Home, Sweet, Home: Animal Habitats
Plant Crossword Puzzle
Earth Day Word Search
Save Our Earth! Alternative Uses for Common Trash
Trash & Climate Change
"Light the Bulbs" Recycling & Pollution Worksheet
Renewable and Non-renewable Energy
More Popular Earth Day Printables

Printables for Grades 6-12

Plant Graph
Environment & Pollution: Matching Worksheet
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring: Reading Passage
Activity: Classifying Natural Resources
History of Earth Day
Earth Day Activities
Our Growing Planet
More Popular Earth Day Printables

Lesson Plans

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

Math Activities for Earth Day

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


Global Warming: A Glossary of Terms
Global Warming: So, What's the Big Deal?
The Uncertainties of Global Warming
Global Warming: We CAN Make a Difference!
Global Warming: Greenhouse Effect
The Global Environment Outlook: An Overview
Global Warming: What Is the Climate System?
More Popular Earth Day References

Earth Day Art Activities

Recycled Art Projects Gallery
Tissue Flower Craft
Crepe Paper Flower
What's the Solution to Ocean Pollution?
Maisy's Nature Walk Activity Kit
Collecting Cans
Recycling Craft Project: Make a Birdhouse
More Earth Day Art Activities

History Activities for Earth Day

Littering Reading Warm-Up
National Scenic Trails
National Monuments in the U.S.

Language Arts Resources for Earth Day

Soil Erosion Word Search
Acrostic Poem: Earth Day
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring: Comprehension Questions
Erosion Word Search
Seeds Word Search
A Teacher's Guide to An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore
There's an Owl in the Shower
More Language Arts Resources for Earth Day

Social Studies Activities for Earth Day

The School Litter Patrol
Soil Scientists
Second-Grade Soil Scientists
Earth, Moon, Sun, and Seasons -- Lecture Notes and Facts
Children of Native America Today Activities
Science, Technology, and Society: Clean Machine
Geographical Highs, Lows, and Boundaries of the U.S.
More Social Studies Activities for Earth Day

Science Activities for Earth Day

How Can You Test to See If Air Takes Up Space?
Erosion at Work
Which Package Is Better?
Gardening with Kids
Looking for Signs of Photosynthesis
Composting Process
Animal Apartments
More Popular Science Activities for Earth Day

Weather Activities for Earth Day

Top 10 Earth Day Printables (K-4)
Earth Day Printable Book (K-4)
Earth Science Printables Slideshow
Making a Wind Vane
Air Quality and the Weather -- Student Worksheet
Analyzing Air Quality
Air Quality and the Weather -- Teacher Section
More Popular Weather Activities for Earth Day

Recycling Resources

Recycling & Waste Management – Educational Videos & Activities
Favorite Classroom Activities for Going Green
Dr. Seuss and Resource Use: Featuring The Lorax
The "Three Rs": Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle
Recycling Unit: Environment Activities for the Classroom
Save Our Environment Printables Slideshow
What Can You Reuse and Recycle?
More Popular Recycling Resources

Pollution Resources

The Human Impact on the Environment–Test
Ways to Help the Environment
Reusing & Recycling Reduces Waste: Environment Activities for the Classroom
Case of the Broken Loop
Pollution Vocabulary
Recycling Study Guide
Landfill & Combustion Unit: Environment Activities for the Classroom
More Popular Pollution Resources

Environmental Science Resources

Green Classroom Practices That Save Money
Save Our Environment Printable Book (K-12)
Waste Reduction Unit: Activities on Solid & Hazardous Waste
Human Disasters: A Timeline of Earth-Altering Accidents
Make a Difference in Your School
Source Reduction Unit: Environment Activities for the Classroom
Composting Unit: Environment Activities for the Classroom
More Environmental Science Teacher Resources

Natural Resources Conservation

How Can Natural Resources Be Conserved?
Explore Activity: Exploring Recycling
Classifying Wastes
A Household of the Future
Activity: The Water Cycle
How Many People Does It Take to Ruin an Ecosystem?
Coloring Packet: Reusing an Old Jar
More Popular Activities for Natural Resources Conservation

Botany Resources for Earth Day

Plants of the Rain Forest Rubric
Plant Products
"My Garden Song"
Experiment in Chromatography
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 and Insect Pictures
Extinct, Endangered, and Threatened Animals Activity
What Is Balance in an Ecosystem?
Animal Apartments -- Student Worksheet
Mystery of the Malformed Frogs Lesson Plan
How Many Shrimp?
What Is Wildlife Conservation?
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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