Five Ways to Celebrate Earth Day Everyday

Earth day is important every day, and in this post, I share easy to use activities for Earth day or for your ecology unit.

Earth day is just around the corner, but why not start a little early with your celebrations. After all, ecology is important all day every day. With the challenges of climate change, it’s more important now than ever that we work to take care of our planet. In this post, you’ll find many resource options to make your celebrations meaningful and fun.

BOOK SUGGESTIONS FOR EARTH DAY

At the core of every great unit is literature. There are many great book choices that work well for ecology. The image to the right includes my favorites, but I’ll highlight a few from the collection that I’ve used and created resources for. Because picture books work so well for lessons, I’ll stick to these for my recommendations. In addition to them, you could also use chapter books for literature circles.

This collection of books are a great start to planning out your Earth Day lessons. This post includes a great collection of FREE RESOURCES, websites, and youtube links to help make planning easy.

One very important component of a great unit is great literature. If you have access to text sets, you might use them in your content area instruction. Most schools have multiple copies of at least a few related titles. If not, interactive read alouds are the way to go. Of course, you also must see how they tie to your standards.

A River Ran Wild

Earth day is important every day, and in this post, I share easy to use activities for Earth day or for your ecology unit.

The first of the collection is great piece of  literature. A River Ran Wild by Lynne Cherry is one I always use. This one shows how the industrial revolution and pollution impacted the land and rivers in New York as more and more people settled there. The resource I created for this book includes materials for author’s message, making comparisons and predictions, and a writing extension for close reading. Best thing about it? It’s FREE!

Just a Dream

Another terrific book for Earth Day is Just a Dream by Chris VanAllsburg. It has themes of ecology including reducing, reusing, and recycling. Additionally, it helps students become good stewards of the Earth. The unit I designed for Just a Dream includes before, during, after activities as well as an Earth Day lapbook. [THIS POST] explains in detail how the lessons go.

Someday a Tree

Finally, I love the book, Someday a Tree by Eve Bunting. It is about a beloved tree in the meadow of a family’s farm. The mom and children spend lots of time reading and playing under the big tree until one day it is sprayed with chemicals which kills it. In the story, the author tells how the family works to save it and how they recover. This story is touching and works well as an Earth Day read. My resource for this book includes before/during/after materials and the same Earth Day lapbook in my Just a Dream unit.

Other Favorites

There are other title I absolutely love and have used. The Great Kapok Tree, The Lorax, The Curious Garden, and The Giving Tree  are all wonderful choices. You can’t go wrong with any of them. Because of the themes included in each, your students will benefit from hearing them.

Earth Day Classroom Projects:

Kids love hands on projects, and this board of mine on Pinterest includes many different project ideas you might try. It’s a great board to follow with most pins leading to free resources.

Craft Activities

10-earth-day-kids-crafts-pin-438x750-1824032First of all,  I love the crafting ideas in this first blog post from I Heart Crafty Things. You could use any of them with an informational article about Earth Day and add a writing extension prompt for a very meaningful lesson.

Writing Project

img_0049-1722448Another great idea from Pinterest comes from Hilary at Rockin Teacher Resources. If you zoom in on each letter of EARTH, you’ll see what students value on our earth.

Door Mural

earth-day-doodle-simona-1-161x300-9265710Finally, I’d like to share this door mural. I think it’s worth it’s $5.00 fee. It would be a fun project to include in the morning with light music in the background. You can also find amazing class murals from Art with Jenny K. I love all of her work.

Fun Earth Day Resources from TPT

Of course, I have scanned through TPT too, and I’ve picked out a few free resources to highlight here. The  first resource at the top for A River Ran Wild is one I have in my store. To download, click the image.  Additionally, [this resource] by Lisa Frase would also be a great addition to your folders.

Earth day is important every day, and in this post, I share easy to use activities for Earth day or for your ecology unit.

But wait, there are more! These wonderful resources are all FREE!  Be sure to add them to your collections for Earth Day or any day.

Earth day is important every day, and in this post, I share easy to use activities for Earth day or for your ecology unit.
Earth day is important every day, and in this post, I share easy to use activities for Earth day or for your ecology unit.
Earth day is important every day, and in this post, I share easy to use activities for Earth day or for your ecology unit.
Earth day is important every day, and in this post, I share easy to use activities for Earth day or for your ecology unit.
Earth day is important every day, and in this post, I share easy to use activities for Earth day or for your ecology unit.
Earth day is important every day, and in this post, I share easy to use activities for Earth day or for your ecology unit.

Technology and Video Links:

Kids need to learn from different media too. Technology doesn’t have to be just on the web. Below, I’ve included a few Youtube links that you can try out. First of all, you might teach this fun song to your students. You can also play it as they’re working on a project. It might get on your nerves a bit, but I bet your kids would like it.

 

This second choice might be a little easier on the nerves. It’s a bit more educational too. It’s a bit goofy, but it gives the history of Earth Day which is good for kids to know. Finally, it’s short and could be a decent introduction for upper elementary.

This round up post includes a great collection of recommended books, project ideas, video links, websites, and more for you and your students to celebrate Earth Day.Websites You Might Try:

Earth Day Bags 

Planet Pals

Recycle City

Kids Can Save the Earth

Earth Day can and should be a fun celebration and something we practice all the time. With quality literature, meaningful projects, opportunities to research and write about Earth Day themed concepts, and time to put conservation plans into practice, your students will remember how important it is to take care of this wonderful planet.

Teaching Students How to Make Inferences with Just a Dream

Teaching Author’s Craft with A River Ran Wild

Question-Answer Relationships with Miss Rumphius

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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Kim Wood

    Wow! Lots of great stuff for Earth Day Carla! Thank you!

  2. These posts probably are beginning to look similar. 🙂 I use each week's post as a template which has helped a lot in putting together the resources. Thanks for linking up, Kim!

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