Earth Day Curriculum Resources, Grades K-5
Earth Day Is April 22, 2015
Explore new and review familiar ways to live responsibly with these lessons, projects, activities, and games for grades K-5.
Conserving Water through Art! ( PDF, 127 KB, 5 pgs.)
Students in grades K-4 use a recycled jar to make and decorate a toothbrush holder reminding them to turn off the faucet when not in use.
Healthy Earth, Sick Earth ( PDF, 517 KB, 13 pgs.)
Students in grades K-5 use the book Planet Earth Gets Well by Madeline Kaplan to learn about concepts related to climate change and the properly caring for Earth.
Comparing Light Bulbs
Students in grades K-8 compare compact fluorescent and incandescent light bulbs to measure the difference between being energy-efficient and energy-wasteful.
Students in grades K-8 learn an easy technique to measure the presence of drafts in their homes and classrooms.
Build a Pizza Box Solar Oven
Students in grades K-12 make a simple solar oven using a pizza box that gets hot enough to warm up cookies and other treats, like s'mores.
Energy Detectives (3 Activities)
Students in grades 5-8 search their classroom for energy connections and record the ways they use energy throughout a typical day in an energy detective journal.
Geothermal Energy (5 Activities)
Students in grades 5-8 explore heat transfer from rock to water, energy transfer between fluids in a binary geothermal power plant, salinity’s effect on the boiling point of water, emissions from a geothermal power plant and those from a fossil fuel power plant, and the performance of a model dry steam power plant with turbine blades and steam jets of different size and number.
Department of Energy: K-12 Lesson Plans & Activities
Teach your students the importance of green energy with creative lesson plans, labs, projects and other activities for grades K-12 on energy-related topics.
Teacher Resources and Lesson Plans
An array of environmental and science based lesson plans, activities and ideas for K-12.
Celebrate Earth Day (Scholastic)
Promote environmental awareness with these lessons, activities, and printables for grades 5-8.
- Green Lesson Plans & Activities K-12 (Green School Project)
- eGFI: For Teachers Lesson Plans K-12
- Green Your Lesson Plan K-12 (Greening Schools)
Endangered Ecosystems K-12 students study studies animals that live in endangered ecosystems in the tropical forests of Mexico and Costa Rica and the wetlands of Brazil.
ScienceEducation.gov (beta version) is the unification of federal science agencies’ science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education content, supporting cyber-learning and open participation.
- An Educator's Guide to Green Lessons & Activities
- EIA Energy Kids (U.S. Energy Information Administration)
- Green Curricula and Environmental Learning Activities (The Green Spotlight)
- EekoWorld (PBS Kids)
- Earth Day (Environmental Protection Agency)
- NASA Earth Day (NASA)
- Earth Hour
Environmental Education: Preschool Activities and Crafts
Activities designed for grades K-3.
Top 10 Earth Day Activities
10 activities for grades K-12.
- Arthur: Groovy Garden K-3
- EekoWorld: EekoCreature K-3
- EekoHouse K-3
- PBS: Earth Day Games K-3
- Cyberchase: Eco-Haven Emergency K-4
- DragonflyTV: Remote Operated Vehicle K-4
- Environmental Protection Coloring Book! K-3 ( PDF, 177 KB, 13 pgs.)
- Free Environment Coloring Pages K-3
- The Best Earth Day Printables K-3
- National Green Week: Posters K-12
- Hazardous Substance Information and Education Office K-12
Earth Day History
For grades K-12 there are13 brief Earth Day related videos, charting the green movement since the first Earth Day in 1970.
last updated: March 18, 2015
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