Earth Day: Lesson Plans, Reading Lists, and Classroom Ideas
The celebration of Earth Day is just around the corner. A significant number of teachers are currently putting the finishing touches on classes that will present pupils with fundamentals of environmental science. Have you given any thought to how you may celebrate Earth Day in your classroom?
Students are given the opportunity to study a variety of topics as part of an annual event that began in 1970 and continues to this day. These activities may include scientific studies, thematic reading, or creative arts projects. We have gathered a list of resources that give lessons, ideas, suggestions, and activities that are ideal for Earth Day in order to help instructors come up with some methods to include Earth Day into the curriculum. This list of resources can be found here. There is a little bit of everything, including lesson plans, tools, resources, and reading lists for students to choose from.
EARTH DAY LESSON PLANS
Curriculum offered by the American Museum of Natural History: The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) Curriculum Collections department is an excellent place to begin one’s investigation into a wide variety of natural science topics. There is a collection that may be utilised in practically any classroom, and its topics range from Antarctica to river ecology.
In-class investigations of ecology can benefit tremendously from the use of the Nature Conservancy’s extensive library of video lesson plans, which can be found on their website under the heading “Nature Lab.” There are videos based on scientific teachings that come with companion videos, videos based on virtual field trips, and videos based on “Meet the Scientist.” In addition, as the arrival of spring draws ever closer, there are also some fantastic gardening activities available on the website for students of all ages.
The Environment-Related Lessons of the Earth Day Network: This environmental education curriculum provided by EDN includes multidisciplinary lessons, classroom activities, and resources that will assist you and your students in exploring environmental issues while you are in class.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Lesson Plans and Teacher Resources: On its webpage dedicated to Earth Day, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers useful suggestions, lesson plans, and advice for Earth Day education. Check out the lessons, which cover a variety of topics related to earth sciences, such as air, ecosystems, climate change, water, and more. There are downloadable resources for every grade level, and each of the featured lessons is available in its entirety.
Lesson Collection for Earth Day on the Science NetLinks Website: The Earth Day collection that was put together for last year’s celebration is still timely and appropriate for this year. Scientific NetLinks has compiled a comprehensive selection of lessons and educational tools covering a wide range of earth science topics; these resources may be easily browsed based on grade level, topic, and the kind of project they cover.
EARTH DAY ACTIVITIES
The following is an overview of the Earth Day activities: Do you want to assist kids in gaining a better understanding of the history of Earth Day? Start here. Students in grades three through eleven get the opportunity to read about and talk about Earth Day in the classroom thanks to an activity provided by the National Geographic Society. Lessons and activities provided by the organisation provide a wealth of excellent ideas that can be utilised while teaching about Earth Day.
22 Engaging Activities to Bring the Celebration of Earth Day to Life: This compilation of tools from PBS LearningMedia is going to be of great use to educators. You should also take a look at the NOVA Earth System Science lesson plans that are available on PBS LearningMedia. These lesson plans are standards-based tools that investigate earth sciences. Another excellent educational resource is the series Nature on PBS.
The website I Want to Be Recycled is a one-stop shop for students who are interested in the science of recycling. It contains a variety of resources that may be used to learn about recycling. The resource, which was developed by the nonprofit organisation Keep America Beautiful, provides students with information that can be used to get involved in environmental activism as well as accessible information about recyclable items and a Recycling 101 course. A web-based game called Super Sorter is an entertaining place to begin.
EARTH DAY READING FOR STUDENTS
Readings That Are Recommended By The Project Learning Tree: Are you looking for an informative book to read on the subject of the environment? This list compiled by Project Learning Tree provides an abundance of options for you to select from. The books were published in 2014, but the information they contain is relevant even now, and they are organised according to grade level.
Earth Day Reading List: This list, compiled by Book Culture, consists of fantastic books that children in grades K–8 can enjoy reading.