Earth Day is a great time to plan fun, educational, and action-oriented activities. Celebrating Earth Day on or around April 22 can be a great way for schools to showcase classroom environmental education, highlight efforts to “green” the school facility, or engage the whole school community in making a difference.
An Earth Day activity can be done in one class period, can take place over the course of a few class periods or a week, or can be a school-wide activity or fair. The best activities offer opportunities to both teach about an issue and make a tangible environmental impact. Even just taking your class outside is a great way to honor the Earth: do math or spelling with chalk out on the blacktop.
Here is a compilation of links to great resources and ideas to bring Earth Day to your students:
- Green Schools Initiative (http://greenschools.net/article.php?id=160) has numerous videos and activities available
- Scholastic (http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/collection/celebrate-earth-day) has reading lists, activities and projects for all grade levels across a wide variety of themes.
- Green Education Foundation (http://www.greeneducationfoundation.org/nationalgreenweeksub/curriculum-and-activities/activities-ngw/1195-top-10-earth-day-activities.html) has a top 10 list of fun activities and things to do to celebrate Earth Day.