The Power of Green program reinforces language arts, math, and science skills while exploring tips for conserving energy and recycling, and teaching about electric and gas safety.
- Explore and discuss ways to save energy and reduce waste
- Make inferences
- Develop vocabulary
- Participate in group discussions
- Save Energy and Help Planet Earth Activity Sheet printable
- Earth Day Family Pledge printable
Make copies of the Save Energy and Help Planet Earth Activity Sheet printable for each student.
Step 1: To start the activity, explain to students that April 22 is Earth Day. It is a day celebrated by people around the world to honor the planet and think about how to protect it and stop pollution. On Earth Day, some people clean up their neighborhoods to get rid of garbage, plant trees and flowers, or do other things to help keep Earth healthy.
Step 2: Ask students to name ways they can help Earth. Answers may include recycling (or reduce, reuse, recycle), conserving water, not littering, reusing paper, not wasting energy, composting, etc.
Step 3: Next, ask students: How do you think saving energy can help the planet?
Step 4: Explain the connection between energy and electricity:
- Electricity gives us energy to use things like computers, lights, heating, refrigerators, and more.
- Electricity can be made out of resources from Earth called fossil fuels, such as natural gas, oil, and coal, or from renewable sources like wind and solar (sun) power.
- Fossil fuels, also called natural resources, take millions of years to form, and once they are used, they can’t be replaced. Renewable sources build up again naturally and much more quickly.
- Saving energy can help us use fewer natural resources from Earth.
- Also, creating and using energy can pollute Earth’s air. Using less energy can help reduce the amount of pollution we create.
Step 5: Copy and distribute the Save Energy and Help Planet Earth Activity Sheet printable. The page features sentences describing energy-saving and energy-wasting actions. Students will color the image of Earth for each action that saves energy. They will then draw a picture to show why they want to help Earth. Read the introduction and directions with the class.
Step 6: Review the answers together and have students share their drawings. Students should color the image of the Earth for the following sentences:
- Turn off the lights when I leave a room.
- Turn off the TV when I’m not watching it.
- Recycle paper, cans, and bottles.
Make copies of the Earth Day Family Pledge printable and send them home with students. The page includes conservation tips to help families save energy.