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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
Save Our Earth! Alternative Uses for Common Trash
The "Three Rs": Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle
Plant Crossword Puzzle
Trash & Climate Change
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
What Are Natural Resources?
Recycling Unit: Environment Activities for the Classroom
Seeds Word Search
More Popular Earth Day Printables

Lesson Plans

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

Math Activities for Earth Day

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


Global Warming: A Glossary of Terms
Global Warming: So, What's the Big Deal?
Global Warming: We CAN Make a Difference!
Global Warming: Greenhouse Effect
Geographical Highs, Lows, and Boundaries of the U.S.
The Global Environment Outlook: An Overview
National Park System of the United States
More Popular Earth Day References

Earth Day Art Activities

Clean Up Australia
Tissue Flower Craft
Recycled Art Projects Gallery
Collecting Cans
Maisy's Nature Walk Activity Kit
Coloring Packet: Reusing an Old Jar
Recycling Craft Project: Make a Birdhouse
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

Soil Erosion Word Search
Earth Day Word Search
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
Erosion Word Search
More Language Arts Resources for Earth Day

Social Studies Activities for Earth Day

Glaciers: Ice That Flows
Second-Grade Soil Scientists
Earth, Moon, Sun, and Seasons -- Lecture Notes and Facts
Soil Scientists
Economic Resources
Extreme Geographical Points of the United States
Rivers of the United States
More Social Studies Activities for Earth Day

Science Activities for Earth Day

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

Weather Activities for Earth Day

Top 10 Earth Day Printables (K-4)
Earth Science Printables Slideshow
Emissions and Global Warming
Global Warming and Global Temperature
Global Warming: Climate and Weather
Breaking Up Is Easy to Do
Air Quality and the Weather -- Student Worksheet
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
Ways to Help the Environment
Identifying and Conserving Natural Resources Activity
Reusing & Recycling Reduces Waste: Environment Activities for the Classroom
Case of the Broken Loop
More Popular Recycling Resources

Pollution Resources

Landfill & Combustion Unit: Environment Activities for the Classroom
Recycling Facts
The Human Impact on the Environment–Test
Classifying Wastes
Six Major Air Pollutants Activity
Save Our Environment Printables Slideshow
Green Living Quiz: Environmental Resources
More Popular Pollution Resources

Environmental Science Resources

Waste Reduction Unit: Activities on Solid & Hazardous Waste
How Many People Does It Take to Ruin an Ecosystem?
Green Living Quiz: Global Warming
Save Our Environment Printable Book (K-12)
What Is the Carbon Cycle?
Composting Unit: Environment Activities for the Classroom
Human Disasters: A Timeline of Earth-Altering Accidents
More Environmental Science Teacher Resources

Natural Resources Conservation

Activity: Classifying Natural Resources
How Can Natural Resources Be Conserved?
Activity: The Water Cycle
What Are Natural Resources? Definitions
Composting Process
Which Package Is Better?
Stop Junk Mail
More Popular Activities for Natural Resources Conservation

Botany Resources for Earth Day

"My Garden Song"
There's an Owl in the Shower
Tolkien's Middle-earth Unit 6: Treebeard's Lament
Understanding Chlorophyll
Plants of the Rain Forest Rubric
Time to Bloom!
More Plants (Botany) – Teacher Resources

Animal Resources for Earth Day

Animal Apartments
Animal and Insect Pictures
Animal Apartments -- Student Worksheet
Mystery of the Malformed Frogs Lesson Plan
How Many Shrimp?
What Is Balance in an Ecosystem?
Pests, Pesticides, and the Environment Activity
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
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