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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
The "Three Rs": Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle
Tissue Flower Craft
Dr. Seuss and Resource Use: Featuring The Lorax
Save Our Earth! Alternative Uses for Common Trash
Plant Crossword Puzzle
More Popular Earth Day Printables

Printables for Grades 6-12

Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring: Reading Passage
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring: Comprehension Questions
Environment & Pollution: Matching Worksheet
Plant Graph
Trash & Climate Change
Recycling Unit: Environment Activities for the Classroom
Seeds Word Search
More Popular Earth Day Printables

Lesson Plans

Recycled Art
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring
Build a Volcano
Plants of the Rain Forest
Weather Station
Flower and Leaf Press
Recycled Poetry
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!
Eclipses of the Sun and Moon, 2005 - 2015
National Park System of the United States
The Uncertainties of Global Warming
Global Warming: The Climate Detectives
More Popular Earth Day References

Earth Day Art Activities

Recycled Art Projects Gallery
Crepe Paper Flower
Recycling Craft Project: Make a Birdhouse
Coloring Packet: Reusing an Old Jar
What's the Solution to Ocean Pollution?
Collecting Cans
Clean Up Australia
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

Earth Day Word Search
Pollution Vocabulary
There's an Owl in the Shower
Extinct, Endangered, and Threatened Animals Activity
A Teacher's Guide to An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore
Acrostic Poem: Earth Day
Taking Care of Our Earth With Katie Kazoo
More Language Arts Resources for Earth Day

Social Studies Activities for Earth Day

Earth, Moon, Sun, and Seasons -- Lecture Notes and Facts
Second-Grade Soil Scientists
Glaciers: Ice That Flows
The School Litter Patrol
Extreme Geographical Points of the United States
Rivers of the United States
Highest Mountain Peaks in the United States
More Social Studies Activities for Earth Day

Science Activities for Earth Day

What Can You Reuse and Recycle?
"Light the Bulbs" Recycling & Pollution Worksheet
Making a Wind Vane
Erosion at Work
Looking for Signs of Photosynthesis
Gardening with Kids
Composting Process
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
Erosion Word Search
Identifying Temperature Inversions
Convection Connection
Identifying Biomes
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
Reusing & Recycling Reduces Waste: Environment Activities for the Classroom
Environmental Science Printables Slideshow
Identifying and Conserving Natural Resources Activity
More Popular Recycling Resources

Pollution Resources

Case of the Broken Loop
The Human Impact on the Environment–Test
Recycling Facts
Landfill & Combustion Unit: Environment Activities for the Classroom
Green Living Quiz: Environmental Resources
Make a Difference in Your School
Recycling Study Guide
More Popular Pollution Resources

Environmental Science Resources

Waste Reduction Unit: Activities on Solid & Hazardous Waste
Earth's Changing Surfaces Printables Gallery
Composting Unit: Environment Activities for the Classroom
Save Our Environment Printable Book (K-12)
How Many People Does It Take to Ruin an Ecosystem?
Green Living Quiz: Global Warming
What Causes Air Pollution?
More Environmental Science Teacher Resources

Natural Resources Conservation

What Are Natural Resources?
Activity: Classifying Natural Resources
How Can Natural Resources Be Conserved?
Activity: The Water Cycle
We Care About the Earth: Writing a PSA
Classifying Wastes
History of Earth Day
More Popular Activities for Natural Resources Conservation

Botany Resources for Earth Day

"My Garden Song"
Time to Bloom!
Plants of the Rain Forest Rubric
Tolkien's Middle-earth Unit 6: Treebeard's Lament
Plant Products
Pests, Pesticides, and the Environment Activity
More Plants (Botany) – Teacher Resources

Animal Resources for Earth Day

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


Children's Choice Book Awards
We love books! Encourage students to vote for their favorite children's book, author, and illustrator of the year at Funbrain and Poptropica. Teens can make their picks too. Read the complete list of nominated books, as well as related activities, and get voting!

April Calendar of Events
April is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: April Fool's Day (begins 4/1), Passover (begins sundown 4/3), Easter (4/5), Name Yourself Day (4/9), Encourage a Young Writer Day (4/10), Library Week (4/12-18), Volunteer Week (4/12-18), Holocaust Remembrance Day (begins sundown 4/15), Poison Prevention Week (4/15-21), Earth Day (4/22), Tell a Story Day (4/27), International Jazz Day (4/30). Plus, celebrate Deaf History Month (3/15-4/15), Mathematics Education Month, National Poetry Month, and Youth Sports 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.

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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