(Please note that this article has been updated. Broken links have been replaced with links to similar activities.)
If you’re like me, you want to integrate special events like Earth Day into your curriculum. But, who has time to search for easy-to-use resources that can be quickly adapted for immediate use?
Below are some great Earth Day projects and resources. Whether you only have time for a coloring page or you’re looking for a full-blown community project, any effort to create an awareness about our planet’s limited resources helps the cause.
Here’s a quick way to teach about Earth Day. Check out this FREE video that includes Earth Day lyrics sung to a familiar tune, “We’ve Got the Whole World in Our Hands.”
Want to fill your room with facts about recycling and pollution? Then try one of the many FREE research activities, like the one above, from Scholastic.
Need a quick reading comprehension lesson? Click here to check out FREE Endangered Species Worksheets and Coloring Pages like this one about the Przewalskis Horse. Bring home environmental concerns in an interesting way that easily connects to reading and science curriculum.
No time for a formal lesson? Check out these FREE coloring pages for an easy way to raise student awareness.
If you have one or two class periods, this engaging lesson helps students look at everyday objects in new ways. Students work in six small groups. You’ll need two of each– a soccer ball, CD/DVD, and cell phone– for this activity. But, the extra prep time is well worth the potential outcomes. Check out this lesson, and find many more resources at Education World.
Another fun activity is this FREE Water Conservation Unit, as well as four other great teacher-generated lesson plan ideas from Scholastic’s “Go Green” contest winners.
According to the Earth Day Network, “Every year on April 22, more than one billion people take part in Earth Day. Across the globe, individuals, communities, organizations, and governments acknowledge the amazing planet we call home and take action to protect it.”
Want to learn more? Check out the Earth Day Network to find additional ways to “diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide.”