Teach children about keeping the Earth clean with these engaging Earth Day ideas. Includes a free writing and art activity and book suggestions.
Earth Day Ideas: “Earth Day is EVERY Day!” Classroom Activities
Earth Day Ideas: Great Books
Earth Day Ideas: More Activities
We read a poem of the week called “Earth Day Everyday!”, and we complete our follow-up poetry activities. This poem and activities plus many more are available here.
We write about why everyday should be Earth Day using the ideas we have brainstormed about on a chart. I give my students a template that they may wish to follow for ideas.
For the student “Holding the Earth” art activity, I start by taking a photo of each student pretending to hold a ball over their heads.
I print them out in black and white off the computer.
We each colour a coffee filter with green and blue markers to look like the earth.
We spray the filters with water and let them dry.
Lastly, we assemble and glue our writing, photos and earth onto green tag.
This is my favourite bulletin board of the year.
We have the parents in to show off our writing and how cute their children look holding up the earth!
We also make “Recycle Kids” self-portraits on newspaper. First, we start by drawing a self-portrait with pencil. We then use sharpies to trace the lines. Next, we color our clothes and hair (not skin). We glue onto white tag for durability and cut out.It was an interesting activity because my students had never reused newspaper this way before. They said it seemed strange to have newspaper print as their skin color.
This creates a meaningful result and a special bulletin board with an important message.
I also add a large earth my class made in a previous year by tearing out pieces of blue and green paper from old National Geographic magazines and gluing them down to look like the earth. What a great project of team work that was. I enjoy REUSING the Earth again each year!
Earth day is a great day to remind yourself and your students about the importance of keeping our earth clean and healthy.
I had a parent come and tell me today that her daughter no longer wants to have baths, but “quick showers that save water!” It makes everything we do to teach our students worth it when it changes an attitude or behavior for the better.