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Earth Day Curriculum Resources, Grades K-5

Earth Day Is April 22, 2015

Found in: Science, PreK-2, 3-5

Explore new and review familiar ways to live responsibly with these lessons, projects, activities, and games for grades K-5.

Lesson Plans

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.

Draft-O-Meter
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.

Lesson Units

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

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.

Portals & Websites

Science Education
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.

Games & Activities

Environmental Education: Preschool Activities and Crafts
Activities designed for grades K-3.

Top 10 Earth Day Activities
10 activities for grades K-12.

 

Printables

Video

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: April 8, 2015

 

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