Make Earth Day (and the weeks leading up to it!) a fun and educational experience for your middle and high school students. Get great ideas for math class, science class, English class, and more!
Hooray for Earth Day!
“Water conservation is an important environmental topic, especially in light of droughts that occur in various places and the ever-increasing population of the world. Students are often amazed to learn that there’s a finite amount of water on the planet and, via the water cycle, the water that’s here today is the same water that has always been here. There is no source of ‘new’ water. I particularly like my Scientific Notation and Water Conservation resource, which raises awareness of water conservation and provides some nicely challenging math problems. I sell this resource as an individual product and as part of an environmental math bundle.” – Mary Carr Rainbow City Learning says: “Earth Day is an opportunity for every kid to feel like a hero, saving our environment and preserving it for the future. This interactive notebook starts with a song, continues with activities about becoming a kinder person every day, and extends to showing kindness for our earth. Co-created with Lessia Bonn of I am Bullyproof Music!” “Love Earth Day! Maybe because it’s also my birthday . This set of finance-related Earth Day tasks is super open-ended. Kids think through all the variables for each ‘go green’ scenario and add up all the hidden costs and benefits. Example: Switching from paper napkins to cloth napkins and all the variables over time. There are optional fact cards for classes that don’t have time to do research or estimate how much laundry soap a family uses, its price, and how long a cloth napkin lasts.” – Math Giraffe “We spend the day with the lights out in our room,” says Purple Palmetto. “Thank goodness we have big windows and great sunlight! We discuss alternatives to products out there already — for example, plastic bags and overpackaged food items. Students debate the alternative energy options with one another. Go Green and Get Groovy is a new product and a fun way to start off the day or week. How fun to become green and groovy while solving problems that make the planet better!” “Here’s a free Earth Day mystery box design stem challenge: Students use materials (all recycled or reused) found in a mystery box to create a prototype for something to solve an earth-related problem such as collecting trash in the ocean. Great hands-on learning and thinking about Earth Day.”- Education with DocRunning From Amy Brown Science: “I have a free PowerPoint presentation I use in my science classes each year that gives the history and background of Earth Day. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, little regard was given to the many ways we were polluting the earth. Earth Day was started in 1970 as a way to promote awareness for the environment and to encourage people to take better care of the environment. My PowerPoint has some dramatic photos that always grab the attention of my students.” I’ve used this Earth Day informational text resource in both a science class and ELA class — plus there are math activities as well! Besides Common Core-type questions about the nonfiction text, there are also maps, graphs, a webquest, an inforgraphic, and a logic puzzle. There are enough activities to celebrate all week, or you can choose a couple for Earth Day and save the rest for later!” – That Rocks Math Science and ELA “I have an Earth Day Group Research Project that I like to have my students work on,” says The Daring English Teacher. “This collaborative research project allows teachers to incorporate digital technology, Chromebooks, Google Docs, and Google slides into their teaching.” History Gal expalins, “I have my students complete a garbology project. This free project merges archaeological and anthropological skills with the study of trash. As they study the trash, students track what’s being thrown away and create hypotheses. Students can even create plans to reduce the amount trash being thrown away and increase the amount being recycled and reused, which makes it a perfect social studies project for Earth Day!” “I love implementing my tiny house lesson on Earth Day because it can be used with any text and presents a perfectly timed platform to discuss the environmental impacts of using more than you need.” – B’s Book Love Science Rocks takes an international view: “One of my favorite ecology lessons is having students look at how other countries deal with trash (so much differently than we do in the States!).” “The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, also called the Pacific Trash Vortex, is a wide range of trash, plastic, chemical sludge, and debris floating together in a large mass in the Pacific Ocean. I use this lesson to engage my students in specific ways that they can help prevent this disaster from continuing to grow. This makes an excellent Earth Day lesson for an English, science, or social studies class.” – Presto Plans “Here are some clip art letters to help spruce up your Earth Day class projects, bulletin boards, and TpT resources. It includes two complete sets of 26 png images.” – KB3Teach “I just uploaded my latest writing center in a year-long series of task card sets focused on elaborating with details; April’s theme is ‘Protect Our Planet.’ Students use research skills, personal experience, and imagination to add specific and vivid details that could support a topic sentence they choose from a task card.” – Mixed -Up Files And from Ms. Artastic: “My 10 Earth Day Zen Doodle Coloring Sheets took many, many days of drawing these detailed designs and thinking about ways to inspire students and adults to care for the environment. All 10 designs are about environmental protection, from endangered species to encouraging people to ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ to saving energy! This is a really great art or early-finisher activity — goes well with other subjects also and speaks a lot to science and environmental studies.” *** “The environment is where we all meet; where all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share.” —Lady Bird Johnson