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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
Seeds Word Search
Tissue Flower Craft
Home, Sweet, Home: Animal Habitats
Recycling Unit: Environment Activities for the Classroom
Save Our Earth! Alternative Uses for Common Trash
More Popular Earth Day Printables

Printables for Grades 6-12

Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring: Reading Passage
Environment & Pollution: Matching Worksheet
Plant Graph
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring: Comprehension Questions
Trash & Climate Change
Recycling Study Guide
Composting Process
More Popular Earth Day Printables

Lesson Plans

Recycled Art
Build a Volcano
Plants of the Rain Forest
Flower and Leaf Press
Weather Station
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring
We Care About the Earth: Writing a PSA
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: We CAN Make a Difference!
Global Warming: So, What's the Big Deal?
National Scenic Trails
National Park System of the United States
National Monuments in the U.S.
Extreme Geographical Points of the United States
More Popular Earth Day References

Earth Day Art Activities

Recycled Art Projects Gallery
Crepe Paper Flower
Collecting Cans
What's the Solution to Ocean Pollution?
Children of Native America Today Activities
Maisy's Nature Walk Activity Kit
Coloring Packet: Reusing an Old Jar
More Earth Day Art Activities

History Activities for Earth Day

Littering Reading Warm-Up
Earth Day Activities

Language Arts Resources for Earth Day

Pollution Vocabulary
Soil Erosion Word Search
Earth Day Word Search
A Teacher's Guide to An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore
There's an Owl in the Shower
Eclipses of the Sun and Moon, 2005 - 2015
Recycled Poetry
More Language Arts Resources for Earth Day

Social Studies Activities for Earth Day

Rivers of the United States
Highest, Lowest, and Mean Elevations in the United States, by State
Geographical Highs, Lows, and Boundaries of the U.S.
Highest Mountain Peaks in the United States
World Heritage Sites in the United States
North American Continental Divide
Earth, Moon, Sun, and Seasons -- Lecture Notes and Facts
More Social Studies Activities for Earth Day

Science Activities for Earth Day

Gardening with Kids
"Light the Bulbs" Recycling & Pollution Worksheet
Which Package Is Better?
Making a Wind Vane
Understanding Chlorophyll
Water: It's Easy to Swallow!
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)
Earth Day Printable Book (K-4)
The Global Environment Outlook: An Overview
Air Quality and the Weather -- Student Section
Visibility: Teacher Section
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
Green Classroom Practices That Save Money
Ways to Help the Environment
Dr. Seuss and Resource Use: Featuring The Lorax
How Can Natural Resources Be Conserved?
The "Three Rs": Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle
More Popular Recycling Resources

Pollution Resources

What Causes Air Pollution?
Green Living Quiz: Environmental Resources
Case of the Broken Loop
Landfill & Combustion Unit: Environment Activities for the Classroom
Major Air Pollutants
Science, Technology, and Society: Clean Machine
Classifying Wastes
More Popular Pollution Resources

Environmental Science Resources

Save Our Environment Printable Book (K-12)
The Ozone Show
Global Warming and Climate
Emissions and Global Warming
The Uncertainties of Global Warming
Will Global Warming Change the U.S. Climate?
The Effects of Global Warming on Sea Level
More Environmental Science Teacher Resources

Natural Resources Conservation

What Are Natural Resources?
Stop Junk Mail
What Can You Reuse and Recycle?
Explore Activity: Exploring Recycling
A Household of the Future
History of Earth Day
Activity: Classifying Natural Resources
More Popular Activities for Natural Resources Conservation

Botany Resources for Earth Day

Looking for Signs of Photosynthesis
Experiment in Chromatography
Plant Products
What Is the Carbon Cycle?
Tolkien's Middle-earth Unit 6: Treebeard's Lament
Pests, Pesticides, and the Environment Activity
More Plants (Botany) – Teacher Resources

Animal Resources for Earth Day

Mystery of the Malformed Frogs Lesson Plan
Animal Apartments
Animal and Insect Pictures
Animal Apartments -- Student Worksheet
Second-Grade Soil Scientists
How Many Shrimp?
What Is Balance in an Ecosystem?
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


Teaching Racism & Discrimination in America
The issues of racism, prejudice, and discrimination have plagued the United States since it was founded, and racially motivated killings still occur with frequency today. Help your students understand the historical contexts of racism—with references on slavery, immigration, and the civil rights movement—to frame your conversation on modern instances of prejudice.

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.

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 (and now in print!), 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.

July Calendar of Events
July is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Canada Day (7/1), Independence Day (7/4/1776), World Population Day (7/11), Bastille Day in France (7/14), National Ice Cream Day (7/19), First Moon Landing (7/20/1969), World War I Began (7/28/1914), Author J.K. Rowling's Birthday (7/31/1965). Plus, celebrate Read an Almanac Month and Recreation and Parks Month all July long!

Interested in using different types of media in your classroom? We have a growing collection of videos, with related activities, for holidays and events, including: Independence Day, slavery & the Civil War, American History, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, women's history, Memorial Day, and the environment. Enjoy!

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