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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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Heroes of the Environment

by Julie McLaughlin , Harriet Rohmer

Grades

3–5, 6–8, 9–12

Lexile® Measure

1070L

Books | Individual Titles | Paperback Book
Starting at: $6.95

Clifford's Puppy Days: Earth Day Puppy (Reader #6)

by Elizabeth Van Houten

Grades

PreK–K, 1–2

Guided Reading Level

I

Books | Individual Titles | Paperback Book
Starting at: $3.95

Berenstain Bears Go Green

by Mike Berenstain , Jan Berenstain

Grades

PreK–K, 1–2

Guided Reading Level

L

Books | Individual Titles | Paperback Book
Starting at: $3.99

Recycling Day

by Edward Miller

Grades

PreK–K, 1–2

Guided Reading Level

N

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

Where Does the Garbage Go?

by Randy Chewning , Paul Showers

Grades

PreK–K, 1–2

Guided Reading Level

M

Books | Individual Titles | Paperback Book
Starting at: $5.99

Oil Spill!

by Melvin Berger , Paul Mirocha

Grades

PreK–K, 1–2

Guided Reading Level

L

Books | Individual Titles | Paperback Book
Starting at: $5.99
My Scholastic

Susan Cheyney

GRADES: 1-2