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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
Home, Sweet, Home: Animal Habitats
Renewable and Non-renewable Energy
Tissue Flower Craft
Trash & Climate Change
Save Our Earth! Alternative Uses for Common Trash
Looking for Signs of Photosynthesis
More Popular Earth Day Printables

Printables for Grades 6-12

Environment & Pollution: Matching Worksheet
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring: Reading Passage
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring: Comprehension Questions
Plant Graph
Case of the Broken Loop
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
We Care About the Earth: Writing a PSA
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring
Flower and Leaf Press
More Earth Day Lesson Plans

Math Activities for Earth Day

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


Global Warming: A Glossary of Terms
Geographical Highs, Lows, and Boundaries of the U.S.
Global Warming: What It Is . . .
Global Warming: Can We Change the Climate?
Will Global Warming Change the U.S. Climate?
The Effects of Global Warming on Sea Level
More Popular Earth Day References

Earth Day Art Activities

Recycled Art Projects Gallery
Maisy's Nature Walk Activity Kit
Children of Native America Today Activities
Clean Up Australia
Coloring Packet: Reusing an Old Jar
Recycling Craft Project: Make a Birdhouse
Collecting Cans
More Earth Day Art Activities

History Activities for Earth Day

Littering Reading Warm-Up
Earth Day Activities
National Monuments in the U.S.
National Scenic Trails

Language Arts Resources for Earth Day

Pollution Vocabulary
A Teacher's Guide to An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore
The Human Impact on the Environment–Key Term Review
Soil Erosion Word Search
Earth Day Word Search
Just a Dream Teacher's Guide
Acrostic Poem: Earth Day
More Language Arts Resources for Earth Day

Social Studies Activities for Earth Day

The School Litter Patrol
Glaciers: Ice That Flows
Join the Planet Protectors Club!
National Park Poster
European Day of Parks
Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash Reading Resource Guide
National Park System of the United States
More Social Studies Activities for Earth Day

Science Activities for Earth Day

Gardening with Kids
Making a Wind Vane
How Can You Test to See If Air Takes Up Space?
What Can You Reuse and Recycle?
What Kind of Trash Bag Breaks Down Fastest?
"Light the Bulbs" Recycling & Pollution Worksheet
Composting Process
More Popular Science Activities for Earth Day

Weather Activities for Earth Day

Top 10 Earth Day Printables (K-4)
Earth Science Printables Slideshow
The Ozone Show
Global Warming: Greenhouse Effect
Global Warming and Climate
An Inconvenient Truth Classroom Poster
Earth Day Printable Book (K-4)
More Popular Weather Activities for Earth Day

Recycling Resources

Favorite Classroom Activities for Going Green
Recycling & Waste Management – Educational Videos & Activities
Green Classroom Practices That Save Money
Dr. Seuss and Resource Use: Featuring The Lorax
Ways to Help the Environment
The "Three Rs": Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle
Save Our Environment Printables Slideshow
More Popular Recycling Resources

Pollution Resources

What Are Some Global Effects of Pollution?
Human Disasters: A Timeline of Earth-Altering Accidents
Six Major Air Pollutants Activity
The Human Impact on the Environment–Test
Reusing & Recycling Reduces Waste: Environment Activities for the Classroom
Recycling Facts
What Are Our Main Energy Resources?
More Popular Pollution Resources

Environmental Science Resources

Waste Reduction Unit: Activities on Solid & Hazardous Waste
Earth's Changing Surfaces Printables Gallery
Environmental Science Printables Slideshow
Green Living Quiz: Famous Environmentalists
Green Living Quiz: Global Warming
Green Living Quiz: Environmental Resources
Environment Glossary
More Environmental Science Teacher Resources

Natural Resources Conservation

How Can Natural Resources Be Conserved?
History of Earth Day
Activity: The Water Cycle
What Are Natural Resources?
Products Unit: Activities on the Product Life Cycle & Use
Landfill & Combustion Unit: Environment Activities for the Classroom
Recycling Study Guide
More Popular Activities for Natural Resources Conservation

Botany Resources for Earth Day

Tolkien's Middle-earth Unit 6: Treebeard's Lament
"My Garden Song"
What Is the Carbon Cycle?
Pests, Pesticides, and the Environment Activity
Time to Bloom!
There's an Owl in the Shower
Plant Products
More Plants (Botany) – Teacher Resources

Animal Resources for Earth Day

What Is Wildlife Conservation?
Extinct, Endangered, and Threatened Animals Activity
What Is Balance in an Ecosystem?
Mystery of the Malformed Frogs Lesson Plan
Animal Apartments
Animal and Insect Pictures
Second-Grade Soil Scientists
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

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