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Celebrate Earth Day

Promote environmental awareness with these teaching ideas, lesson plans, and student activities.



Grades

PreK–K , 1–2 , 3–5 , 6–8

A Brief Overview of Earth Day

Earth Day is observed around the world on April 22. The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970, and is considered the birth of the modern environmental movement.

Before 1970, the health of the environment was not a common concern, even as industry poured chemicals and smoke into the air. In 1962, Rachel Carson, an ecologist from Pennsylvania, published a book called Silent Spring. The book became a best seller and raised public awareness of environmental concerns.

After the 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara, Calif., Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. senator for Wisconsin, organized a nationwide demonstration against the pollution and the deterioration of the environment. The protest was held on April 22, 1970. Approximately twenty million Americans joined the demonstration in support of a healthier and more sustainable treatment of the environment.

Use these lessons, articles, book lists, and other activities to continue the tradition of promoting environmental awareness on April 22 or any time throughout the school year.

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Pandas and Other Endangered Species

by Mary Pope Osborne , Sal Murdocca

Grades

3-5

Guided Reading Level

S

Cleanup Surprise, The

by Julie Brillhart , Christine Loomis

Grades

PreK–K, 1–2

Guided Reading Level

H

Books | Individual Titles | Paperback Book
Starting at: $4.95

Adventures of Riley #5: Dolphins in Danger

by Sarah McIntyre , Amanda Lumry , Laura Hurwitz

Grades

1–2, 3–5

Guided Reading Level

P

Books | Individual Titles | Hardcover Book | Hardcover Book and CD
Starting at: $16.99

Red Pandas

by Megan Borgert-Spaniol

Grades

PreK–K, 1–2

Guided Reading Level

G

Books | Individual Titles | Library Binding
Starting at: $23.00

BXC #74: The Poison Frog Mystery

by Charles Tang , Gertrude Chandler Warner

Grades

3-5

Guided Reading Level

O

Earth Day, Birthday!

by Maureen Wright , Violet Kim

Grades

PreK–K, 1–2

Guided Reading Level

K

Books | Individual Titles | Paperback Book
Starting at: $4.95
My Scholastic

Susan Cheyney

GRADES: 1-2