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Earth Day Teaching Ideas
1. Hold a Read-A-Thon – Hold a half day read-a-thon on Earth Day. Students can read books about recycling, conservation, nature, etc. After they have spend time reading, divide students into groups and have them share what they learned with their group. Encourage the groups to come up with unique ways to present their information – perform a skit, write a song, etc.
2. Keep an Earth Day Journal – Decide whether to do this activity as a class or individually. Either create a class journal or give students individual journals. If using a class journal, set the journal somewhere that is easily accessible to students. As students do things to help the environment, they can log their activities in the journal. If students are keeping individual journals, provide time at the end of each day for students to record what they did during the day that helped support the environment.
3. Create Earth Day Awareness Posters – Ask students to create posters that they can hang up throughout the school to make other students aware of Earth Day and its purpose. Discuss how a poster should focus on a key idea and use visuals to get their ideas across. The text on their posters should be minimal and highlight one or two key points at the most.
4. Listen to a Guest Speaker – Bring in a guest speaker that can share information with students about how to recycle, the importance of conserving out natural resources, etc. Come up with questions ahead of time that the students can ask their guest speaker. After the speaker leaves, have students write thank you letters and tell the guest speaker about one or two things they learned during the presentation.
5. Write a Puppet Play – Have students write a puppet play about Earth Day. They can then make their puppets out of recycled materials. Ask younger classes to come in and view the puppet plays.
6. Create a Pamphlet About Local Efforts – Have students create a pamphlet that outlines how people in their city or community can support the protection of our earth. Students can place these pamphlets in different places in their community.
7. Make a Picture Book – Ask each student to make a mini-picture book that focuses on our environment and how we can do our part to conserve our earth’s natural resources.
8. Conduct a Survey – As a class, design a survey that gathers information about how people take care of our earth. After students design the survey, they can survey other students, teachers, or their family members and bring their findings back to class. Students can then analyze the data and draw conclusions from their findings.
9. Graph Earth Day Efforts – Students can graph their survey results … if they conducted a survey. If not, brainstorm different behaviours that support our environment (recycling paper, walking instead of riding, etc.) and by a show of hands find out which behaviours the students take part in on a regular basis. Ask students to graph these results.
10. Sort Recycling – Throughout the week, have students put all objects they use that can be recycled into a recycle bin (scrap paper, juice boxes, paper cups, etc.). Be sure to remind students to clean and dry objects before placing in the bin. At the end of the week, sort the recycling into different categories and discuss how each type of recycling will benefit the environment.
11. Create a Piece of Art – Have students bring in different objects they could recycle into a piece of art. After creating their piece of art, students can display them for others to see.
12. Make an Earth Day Collage – Bring in old calendars and magazines and ask students to create an Earth Day collage. Discuss the types of pictures that would be appropriate for this type of activity.
13. Paint an Earth Day Mural – Find a section of empty wall space, measure the size of the space and cut and tape butcher paper to the correct size. Cut this giant paper into large puzzle pieces so that each student receives one piece of the puzzle. Each students then paints the puzzle piece. When finished, join the pieces together to create the Earth Day mural.
14. Make Musical Instruments – Ask students to make a musical instrument out of recycled materials. Students can then compose and share songs they create using their musical instruments.
15. Create a Dance – Put students into groups and have them create a dance that demonstrates how beautiful our earth is and/or what we can do to preserve our natural resources.
16. Make an Urban Garden – Use recycled materials as planters and have your students make mini-gardens in your classroom or outside the school. The students can take care of the gardens and watch their plants or vegetables grow.
17. Go on a Field Trip – Take your students on a field trip to a local greenhouse, a recycling centre, or a park. Have students take notes on things they observe that support the environment.
18. Plant a Tree – Look into planting a tree at your school. Students can discuss the best place to plant the tree, the type of tree that would be most appropriate for the chosen location, and what they need to do to ensure the tree grows.
19. Make Bird Feeders – Challenge students to make bird feeders out of all natural materials. After students have completed their bird feeders, have them take home to hang in their trees or go to a local park and leave them for the birds to come and eat from.
20. Clean the Playground – Why not team up with another classroom … or two … or three … and head on outside and clean up the playground? If you have enough hands, consider walking around the outside of the playground fence and areas adjacent to the school and cleaning those up as well.
21. All Natural Lunch – Choose one day that the students are to bring an “all natural” lunch that does not involve manufactured products and is stored in reusable containers. Discuss with the students whether this was an easy lunch to prepare or whether there were challenges. If there were challenges, discuss these with the students.
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