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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

Plant Crossword Puzzle
Renewable and Non-renewable Energy
Home, Sweet, Home: Animal Habitats
Earth Day Printable Book (K-4)
Seeds Word Search
Case of the Broken Loop
Tissue Flower Craft
More Popular Earth Day Printables

Printables for Grades 6-12

Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring: Reading Passage
Environment & Pollution: Matching Worksheet
Why Are Wetlands Important to the Environment?
Plant Graph
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring: Comprehension Questions
Air Quality and the Weather -- Student Section
Trash & Climate Change
More Popular Earth Day Printables

Lesson Plans

Recycled Art
Build a Volcano
Flower and Leaf Press
Plants of the Rain Forest
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring
Weather Station
What Kind of Trash Bag Breaks Down Fastest?
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: So, What's the Big Deal?
The Uncertainties of Global Warming
Global Warming: Greenhouse Effect
Global Warming: We CAN Make a Difference!
Rivers of the United States
National Park System of the United States
More Popular Earth Day References

Earth Day Art Activities

Recycled Art Projects Gallery
Crepe Paper Flower
What's the Solution to Ocean Pollution?
Coloring Packet: Reusing an Old Jar
Recycling Craft Project: Make a Birdhouse
Collecting Cans
Children of Native America Today Activities
More Earth Day Art Activities

History Activities for Earth Day

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

Language Arts Resources for Earth Day

Erosion Word Search
Acrostic Poem: Earth Day
Pollution Vocabulary
A Teacher's Guide to An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore
Soil Erosion Word Search
There's an Owl in the Shower
Earth Day Word Search
More Language Arts Resources for Earth Day

Social Studies Activities for Earth Day

Soil Scientists
The School Litter Patrol
Economic Resources
Extreme Geographical Points 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.
More Social Studies Activities for Earth Day

Science Activities for Earth Day

Gardening with Kids
Looking for Signs of Photosynthesis
What Can You Reuse and Recycle?
Hands-In Science
Water: It's Easy to Swallow!
"Light the Bulbs" Recycling & Pollution Worksheet
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)
Identifying Biomes
An Inconvenient Truth Classroom Poster
Convection Connection
Erosion at Work
Investigating Air
Making a Wind Vane
More Popular Weather Activities for Earth Day

Recycling Resources

Recycling & Waste Management – Educational Videos & Activities
Favorite Classroom Activities for Going Green
Save Our Earth! Alternative Uses for Common Trash
The "Three Rs": Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle
Ways to Help the Environment
Green Classroom Practices That Save Money
Reusing & Recycling Reduces Waste: Environment Activities for the Classroom
More Popular Recycling Resources

Pollution Resources

The Human Impact on the Environment–Test
What Is Balance in an Ecosystem?
Green Living Quiz: Environmental Resources
Dr. Seuss and Resource Use: Featuring The Lorax
Recycling Unit: Environment Activities for the Classroom
How Is Water Purified?
What Causes Water Pollution?
More Popular Pollution Resources

Environmental Science Resources

Save Our Environment Printable Book (K-12)
How Many People Does It Take to Ruin an Ecosystem?
Waste Reduction Unit: Activities on Solid & Hazardous Waste
What Causes Air Pollution?
Green Living Quiz: Global Warming
Recycling Facts
Make a Difference in Your School
More Environmental Science Teacher Resources

Natural Resources Conservation

Activity: The Water Cycle
What Are Natural Resources?
Activity: Classifying Natural Resources
Identifying and Conserving Natural Resources Activity
Composting Unit: Environment Activities for the Classroom
Recycling Study Guide
How Can Natural Resources Be Conserved?
More Popular Activities for Natural Resources Conservation

Botany Resources for Earth Day

Plant Products
"My Garden Song"
Understanding Chlorophyll
Pests, Pesticides, and the Environment Activity
Experiment in Chromatography
Tolkien's Middle-earth Unit 6: Treebeard's Lament
More Plants (Botany) – Teacher Resources

Animal Resources for Earth Day

Animal and Insect Pictures
Extinct, Endangered, and Threatened Animals Activity
Animal Apartments
Animal Apartments -- Student Worksheet
Second-Grade Soil Scientists
How Many Shrimp?
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


Do your students love videos? We have a growing collection of videos (including related activities) for holidays and events, including: women's history, Memorial Day, Independence Day, slavery & the Civil War, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, American History, and the environment. Enjoy!

May Calendar of Events
May is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Backyard Games Week (5/18-25), Buy a Musical Instrument Day (5/22), and Memorial Day (5/25). Plus, celebrate Asian-Pacific-American Heritage Month, Inventors Month, Physical Fitness & Sports Month, and Water Safety Month!

Teaching with Comics: Galactic Hot Dogs
Reach reluctant readers and English-language learners with comics! Our original teaching guides to the Galactic Hot Dogs comic series (chapters 1-4 and 5-8), 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 stories.

Now available: Galactic Hot Dogs in print! Buy it at bookstores now.

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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