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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

Earth Day Printable Book (K-4)
What Can You Reuse and Recycle?
Acrostic Poem: Earth Day
Earth Day Word Search
Save Our Environment Printable Book (K-12)
The "Three Rs": Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle
Erosion at Work
More Popular Earth Day Printables

Printables for Grades 6-12

Earth Day Activities
Reusing & Recycling Reduces Waste: Environment Activities for the Classroom
Environment & Pollution: Matching Worksheet
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring: Reading Passage
Make a Difference in Your School
Identifying and Conserving Natural Resources Activity
Trash & Climate Change
More Popular Earth Day Printables

Lesson Plans

Recycled Art
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring
Recycled Poetry
What Kind of Trash Bag Breaks Down Fastest?
Plants of the Rain Forest
Build a Volcano
Weather Station
More Earth Day Lesson Plans

Math Activities for Earth Day

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


Global Warming: A Glossary of Terms
Global Warming: So, What's the Big Deal?
Global Warming: We CAN Make a Difference!
Global Warming: Can We Change the Climate?
The Uncertainties of Global Warming
Global Warming and Climate
Global Warming: Greenhouse Effect
More Popular Earth Day References

Earth Day Art Activities

Recycled Art Projects Gallery
Tissue Flower Craft
Coloring Packet: Reusing an Old Jar
Recycling Craft Project: Make a Birdhouse
Crepe Paper Flower
What's the Solution to Ocean Pollution?
Flower and Leaf Press
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

Language Arts Resources for Earth Day

Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring: Comprehension Questions
Taking Care of Our Earth With Katie Kazoo
Seeds Word Search
What Is Wildlife Conservation?
Save the Earth Vocabulary
We Care About the Earth: Writing a PSA
Extinct, Endangered, and Threatened Animals Activity
More Language Arts Resources for Earth Day

Social Studies Activities for Earth Day

The School Litter Patrol
Second-Grade Soil Scientists
Glaciers: Ice That Flows
Soil Scientists
Earth, Moon, Sun, and Seasons -- Lecture Notes and Facts
Join the Planet Protectors Club!
Economic Resources
More Social Studies Activities for Earth Day

Science Activities for Earth Day

"Light the Bulbs" Recycling & Pollution Worksheet
Making a Wind Vane
Looking for Signs of Photosynthesis
Water: It's Easy to Swallow!
How Can You Crush a Gallon Can Without Touching It?
Air, Air, Everywhere
Composting Process
More Popular Science Activities for Earth Day

Weather Activities for Earth Day

Top 10 Earth Day Printables (K-4)
An Inconvenient Truth Classroom Poster
Identifying Biomes
Earth Science Printables Slideshow
Whirly Copter
Erosion Word Search
Convection Connection
More Popular Weather Activities for Earth Day

Recycling Resources

Recycling & Waste Management – Educational Videos & Activities
Dr. Seuss and Resource Use: Featuring The Lorax
Save Our Earth! Alternative Uses for Common Trash
Recycling Study Guide
Recycling Unit: Environment Activities for the Classroom
Favorite Classroom Activities for Going Green
Case of the Broken Loop
More Popular Recycling Resources

Pollution Resources

What Causes Water Pollution?
Waste-Free Lunch
Ways to Help the Environment
Landfill & Combustion Unit: Environment Activities for the Classroom
Recycling Facts
Save Our Environment Printables Slideshow
What Causes Air Pollution?
More Popular Pollution Resources

Environmental Science Resources

Composting Unit: Environment Activities for the Classroom
How Many People Does It Take to Ruin an Ecosystem?
Waste Reduction Unit: Activities on Solid & Hazardous Waste
Green Living Quiz: Global Warming
Green Classroom Practices That Save Money
A Teacher's Guide to An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore
Environment Glossary
More Environmental Science Teacher Resources

Natural Resources Conservation

History of Earth Day
What Are Natural Resources?
Activity: Classifying Natural Resources
How Can Natural Resources Be Conserved?
Explore Activity: Exploring Recycling
Which Package Is Better?
Source Reduction Unit: Environment Activities for the Classroom
More Popular Activities for Natural Resources Conservation

Botany Resources for Earth Day

Plant Crossword Puzzle
Pests, Pesticides, and the Environment Activity
"My Garden Song"
Gardening with Kids
Plants of the Rain Forest Rubric
There's an Owl in the Shower
Understanding Chlorophyll
More Plants (Botany) – Teacher Resources

Animal Resources for Earth Day

Home, Sweet, Home: Animal Habitats
Animal Apartments
What Is Balance in an Ecosystem?
Animal and Insect Pictures
Mystery of the Malformed Frogs Lesson Plan
How Many Shrimp?
Animal Apartments -- Student Worksheet
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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April Calendar of Events
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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.

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.