Teach children about keeping the Earth clean with these engaging Earth Day ideas. This post includes a free writing and art activity, as well as book suggestions.
Earth Day Ideas & Classroom Activities
Earth Day Ideas: Great Books
Earth Day Ideas: Poetry & Writing
We read a poem of the week called “Earth Day Every Day!”, and we complete our follow-up poetry activities. This poem and activities, plus many more, are available here.
We write about why every day 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.
Earth Day Ideas: Art Activities
1. Holding the Earth Art Activity
With any classroom unit or theme, I love to incorporate art as a way of illustrating our learning.
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 color 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 a green tag.
This display is my favorite 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!
2. Recycled Paper Self-Portraits & Bulletin Board
We also make “Recycle Kids” self-portraits on newspaper print. First, we start by drawing a self-portrait with a pencil. We then use sharpies to trace the lines. Next, we color our clothes and hair (not skin). We glue onto white cardstock for durability and cut out. It was an exciting activity because my students had never reused a newspaper this way before. They said it seemed strange to have newspaper print as their skin color.
This art activity creates a meaningful result and a special bulletin board with an important message.
I add an earth cut-out to the bulletin board. My class made it 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 teamwork 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.