Earth Day Curriculum Resources, Grades 6-8
Earth Day Is April 22, 2015
Explore new and review familiar ways to live responsibly with these lessons, projects, activities, and games for grades 6-8.
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.
Building the Basic PVC Wind Turbine
Students in grades 5-12 make a rugged and inexpensive classroom wind turbine that can be used for lab bench-based blade design experiments. A few specialized parts are needed (a hub and DC motor), but most of the components can be found at hardware stores.
Have and Have-Not (
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Students in grades 7-9 compare consumption habits in developing and developed countries and examine the effect of mass consumption on the Ecological Footprint of a country and an individual.
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.
Department of Energy: K-12 Lesson Plans & ActivitiesTeach 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.
Promote environmental awareness with these lessons, activities, and printables for grades 5-8.
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- 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)
- Earth Day (Environmental Protection Agency)
- NASA Earth Month 2013 (NASA)
- Earth Hour
- Top Ten Earth Day Activities
10 activities for grades K-12.
- Organics 101
Online Jeopardy-style game on organic food for secondary grades.
- Environmental Education: Activities & Games 6-12
- Coloring Pages Environment K-8
- 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: February 9, 2016
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