20 Easy Prep Earth Day Activities

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Although Earth Day is Every Day in my mind (right?), the official annual date of April 22nd is approaching fast! I love teaching my kids to appreciate and take care of our Earth. But, there are so many ways to get students active in keeping our Earth sustainable; how can you ever narrow it down and COVER all of the curricular needs for the day with your Earth Day Activities?

Not only does Education to the Core have a stellar Earth Day unit, but we also have several resources and ideas that will make planning a breeze (and keep your administrators happy)! Caring for the Earth is so easily spread across our content areas! You will want to check out these 20 Earth Day Activities with Easy Prep. I think you will like #6!

Earth Day Writing Activities

1–Earth Day Research Project

After watching or reading about Earth day, students will complete a graphic organizer to show their research plans. The students can write a report with pictures based on their research for an activity extension!

2–Earth Day Passages

Students will read the fluency passage with illustrated vocabulary. After, students can answer the provided comprehension questions – multiple choice, fill in the blank, and short answer. If you are looking for more challenging texts, several levels can be found by searching “Earth Day” in Premium Membership.

3–Earth Day STEAM Project

Students will read a text and then complete the provided STEAM challenge to create something useful from plastic bags. My students vary from super creative on this challenge to super lazy–using their bag to hold bags type lazy, so I encourage them to work in teams and offer incentives for well-thought-out plans!

4–Earth Day Writing Prompt

Students will watch a video, then write how they can help take care of the Earth, using the words and pictures for help. If you have non-writers, they can draw a picture of helping. And, your skilled writers can write more on an accompanying piece of paper!

More Earth Day

5–Earth Day Poster Project

Students will use a graphic organizer to gather their thoughts on making the Earth a better place, creating a persuasive poster about their cause. We compare their finished poster with their plans, then display them as artwork in the hall!

6–Earth Day Read Alouds

We are sharing with you some favorite reads for April centered around caring for the Earth and helping to cultivate a connection between humans and our environment. This blog contains 33 must-reads for Earth Day (and beyond)!

Earth Day Outside

7–Bird Feeders

With this activity, it gets MESSY! But my kids love hanging these peanut butter and birdseed feeders in trees that we can see from our class windows. No windows? No problem! Have your students find trees at home! First, take a pine cone and tie a long piece of yarn with a hanging loop to it. To complete, students spread peanut butter on a pine cone and then sprinkled some birdseed! So simple! (Note: if you have a student in your class that is allergic to peanuts, feel free to use almond or sunflower butter as the “glue” for the birdseed.)

8–Painted Rock Garden

This activity also gets MESSY, but it beautifies the outside rock beds! Students can choose their rock, paint with any design, then an adult can spray with clear, weather-proof paint! They are also a fun project to paint and place around your community to brighten everyone’s day.

9–Plant Flowers

Have an area around your school that needs some love? If so, have your students plant some beautiful flowers and watch them grow. If not, my students have done the plant a flower for a special someone in a decorated flower pot approach!

Unit Ideas

10–Earth Day Multimedia

This list is a keeper! With technology being such an important teaching tool, I love that ETTC did all the work and found tons of multimedia ideas on Earth Day for me!

11–Earth Day Vocabulary

For all of my units, I like to introduce vocabulary to the students and then refer back to it as we come across each word. These vocabulary cards are easy to prep and display throughout the entire unit!

 

12–Earth Day Mini-book

My students love having their mini-books. And this Earth Day Mini-book is one of several options available for print and use. So easy to differentiate for my class!

13–Earth Day 4Rs

Whether you’d like to prep this for a whole group activity or have each student create their own, these four R’s are essential to keeping our Earth clean and healthy! Have a discussion with your class about the meaning of each of the 4R’s and then they will sort different images into those four categories.

14–Earth Day Craftivity

This project is great for sneaking in some social responsibility for the Earth, some writing, AND a fun craft. Each student pledges how they will do their part in being responsible for our Earth!

 

15–Earth Day “Away” Scavenger Hunt and Discussion Cards

Scavenger hunts gained so much popularity during distance learning! Students can do this activity in small teams, at home, out in the community, and become more aware of the items we throw away and how long they remain as trash.

16–Earth Day Spotlights: Gaylord Nelson, Greta Thunberg, and Wangari Maathai

After learning about Earth Day, watching videos, and reading books, it’s time to spotlight some people who have made the Earth a priority. Students can read the passages and answer the questions on three Earth Day crusaders.

Some More Academics

17–Earth Day Math: Graphing

Are you looking for a quick and easy math activity for Earth Day? This is one of several you can find by searching “Earth Day” as a Premium member. Students will color the Earth Day pictures according to the code, then count and complete the graph.

18–Earth Day ELA: Acrostic Poem  

Students will write an acrostic poem about Earth Day for this ELA activity. Perfect for Earth Day as well as National Poetry Month!

19–Premium Membership

20–Earth Day Unit

We have updated our Earth Day Activities bundle to include more subjects and activities! Inside this newly UPDATED Earth Day Unit, you’ll find 40+ pages of comprehensive, cross-curricular activities designed to apply the most critical lessons you will need to teach your students about protecting the natural world outside their windows.

WRITTEN BY – SUZANNE KELLEY

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