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Celebrating Earth Day in the Classroom: A Fun and Engaging Resource for First through Third Graders

Earth Day is an important event that teaches children about the significance of taking care of our planet. Celebrating Earth Day in the classroom can be an exciting and educational experience for our young learners. By incorporating a comprehensive Earth Day resource, teachers can provide a fun and engaging learning environment that fosters environmental awareness and encourages sustainable practices. I am excited to share this Earth Day resource with all of you. This resource offers a wide range of activities and materials to enhance the learning experience.

Earth Day vocabulary second grade

Vocabulary Enhancement

This Earth Day resource includes 24 different vocabulary words related to the environement. After introducing these words to your students I have included additional activites. Students can make their own dictionary or as a class you can make an illustrated dictionary where each student draws a picture of the word in a sentence. Having follow up activities with vocabulary words makes it easier for young learners to understand and remember the terms. Other activities include a word search and a vocabulary fill in the blank worksheet. All these activities can help students develop a deeper understanding of these important concepts.

Earth Day activities

Earth Day Activities

This resource includes an Earth Day cover that you can use for the lessons your students will do together. Simply staple pages together to make a packet. Other activities include a sort for Nonrenewable and Renewable resources and an Earth Day poster. Along with both of those is a writing prompt students can use to write why they think Earth Day should be Everyday.

Recycle-Reduce Reuse Earth day the three r's


The resource provides reading passages and comprehension questions that focus on recycling, reducing, and reusing. These activities not only improve reading skills but also educate students on the benefits of environmentally-friendly practices. By discussing the passages and answering the comprehension questions, students can develop critical thinking skills while gaining knowledge about sustainability.

sorting recycling, reducing or reusing

Sorting the Three R's

Sorting activities are an excellent way to reinforce the concepts of recycling, reducing, and reusing.This hands on lesson can be used to create an anchor chart with your students or use a pocket chart. Both provide a visual representation of the recycling process and promote active learning. I have included a lesson for you to do with your students, after reading the passages about reducing, recycling and reusing. The students will read a description of an action and they will then decide if the action is recycling, reducing or reusing.

Recycle items sort

Sorting the Recycling

I know students are often confused on which items can be recycled and what bin they go in. This activity students will sort the item into the correct recycle bin. Use in a pocket chart or create an anchor chart.

Pollution story

Storytelling and Artistic Expression

A Story of a River, is a story that your students can illustrate, use as a reader’s theatre presentation, bulletin board display or make into a class book, showcasing students' understanding of the impact humans have on our natural resources. There are 25 pages that can be illustrated including the cover. The book is based off of the book, "A River Ran Wild," by Lynne Cherry. I would recommend reading that story first to your students.

Fred the Fish pollution experiment

Interactive Experiments

One of the highlights of this Earth Day resource is the "Fred the Fish" experiment. This activity visually demonstrates the effects of pollution on water and fish habitat. By witnessing the impact of pollutants firsthand, students develop a greater appreciation for the importance of protecting our environment. This experiment engages students in hands-on learning and sparks curiosity about environmental science.

Earth day board game

Love the Earth Game

To make learning about energy conservation enjoyable, the resource includes a "Love the Earth" game. In this game, students decide if the tasks on the cards are using or conserving energy. By playing this interactive game, students not only learn about the importance of energy conservation but also develop decision-making and problem-solving skills.

Earth Day Bracelet

My students loved making these Earth Day bracelets to remember to take care of the Earth. Directions for Earth Day bracelets are included that your children can make with pony beads is included.

Earth Day ELA and science unit

By utilizing this Earth Day resource, teachers can create a dynamic and immersive Earth Day experience in their classrooms. This resource encompasses a variety of activities, including vocabulary enhancement, reading passages, sorting activities, storytelling, experiments, and games, ensuring that students remain engaged while learning about environmental responsibility. By celebrating Earth Day in the classroom, teachers can instill a sense of environmental stewardship in young minds, empowering them to become responsible citizens who actively contribute to the well-being of our planet. You can find this resource here in my store or in my TPT store.