Celebrate Earth Day
Promote environmental awareness on Earth Day, and throughout the year, with these teaching ideas, lesson plans, and student activities.
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8
Celebrated globally, Earth Day is observed annually on April 22, a day that marks the birth of the modern environmental movement. The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970, when Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, announced the idea for “national teach-in on the environment.” Nelson, dismayed by recent ravages on the environment such as the 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara, had been inspired by the student anti-war movement at the time, and he capitalized on the energy of that movement to put environmental concerns at the forefront. As a result, the first Earth Day was born when some twenty million Americans took to the streets in support of a more sustainable environment.
Use these lessons, articles, book lists, and other activities to continue the tradition of promoting environmental awareness on April 22.
Projects and ideas to help your school go green, from recycling clubs to solar cookouts and more!
Teachers share their favorite tips and recommendations for celebrating Earth Day in the classroom.
By studying animals that live in three different endangered environments, students learn how ecosystems sustain wildlife.
Books and Interactive Whiteboard Lessons
These books about Earth Day explore the problems that plague our planet and will get your students inspired to find solutions.