Earth Day Activities

The Earth Day seasonal pages will provide you with great resources to help teach your students the importance of honoring Mother Earth. Ideas within this section include: projects, craft ideas, lesson plans, and Internet resources.

Your creativity can help other teachers. Submit your Earth Day activity today. Don't forget to include additional resources-documents, web sites, or a photo.

Earth Day Earth Day is celebrated in the U.S. and many other countries worldwide. It is a day to inspire education, awareness and appreciation about the Earth's environment.

 

Earth Day takes place on April 22nd (U.S.) every year.

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  • Earth Day History
    Earth Day began April 22, 1970, when an estimated 20 million people across the United States participated in pro-environment demonstrations. The event proved so popular that it became an annual event.

    Earth Day got its start when Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, read an article about anti-war "teach-ins" that were proving successful in the peace movement. Nelson, who was interested in environmental issues, thought that a teach-in might be successful in raising public awareness of the environmental degradation in this country and around the world.

    The resulting event was dubbed Earth Day. It proved to be so successful that it became an annual occurrence.

    The impact of Earth Day is unquestionable; Congress passed the Clean Air Act after Earth Day, and the Environmental Protection Agency was created with three years of the event.

    Although Arbor Day is nearly 100 years older, it has largely been eclipsed by Earth Day.

    Have A Happy Earth Day!
    History synopsis submitted by: Victoria
  • Earth Day Crossword Puzzle
    Create your own Crossword or use our premade Earth Day word/clue list.
  • Earth Day Word Search
    Create your own or use our Earth Day word list.
  • Earth Day Word Scramble
    Create your own or use our Earth Day list.

  • Environmental Poster Contest
    Grades: K-6th
    Objectives: Development of creativity in discovering a way to help preserve the precious environment and developing neatness and presentation.
    Materials Needed: White construction paper (or other drawing paper well suited for crayons), crayons. If desired: stencils, patterns.
    Procedure: Have a poster contest in your class or with other classes for the best poster about. ways to help preserve the environment. Cut all paper the same size and allow children to use crayons and draw their environmental friendly idea. If they are available the children may use stencils for lettering or patterns for the design.
    Submitted by: Jennifer
  • Earth Day Literature
    Books available for Earth Day.
  • Earth Day Websites
    A large collection of websites with resources for preserving our planets natural resources

All About Earth Day
Brought to you by the Wilderness Society - Learn about the history of Earth Day!

Celebrate Earth Day with The Lorax
Play the fun game and help save the trees.

Celebrating Earth Day
Learn about "March for Parks," the nation's largest Earth Day event for parks and open spaces.