By Gina Kennedy

By Gina Kennedy

Earth Day Teaching Ideas!

"Earth Day" Lessons and Activities

1.  "BIOGRAPHY OF A RECYCLED BOX"  With "Earth Day" right around the corner I decided to tie in our study of biographies with the environment by having the students take an in-depth look at the "life" of a food box.  The students were instructed to bring a food box to school and then research the company that produced the contents of the food in the box and the location of the factory.

They were then instructed to write a biography of the box by creating a book using their recycled box as the front and back cover. The biography was to include the entire lifespan of the box from the days spent in the factory, the household that purchased them, their long days on the grocery shelf to even the day they were recycled or placed in the landfill.

The students came up with very creative responses as one of the Weight Watcher's meals even ended up in the White House with President Obama.  They had a great time with these biographies and NO TWO were even close to being alike!
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2. "Environmental Character Trait Quotes"  My students were asked last week to match a character trait to the owner of a quote about "Earth Day!"  Each quote ultimately led to a great conversation and some of the character traits were actually quite subjective and could argumentatively fit more than one author.  This is a wonderful invitation for a "higher level" discussion in your classroom.  I've included a link below to DOWNLOAD this free product:

3. "Ecology Differentiated Writing Science Project Menu"  I created a science writing project menu as well this year to integrate "Earth Day" across the curriculum with my students.  With this menu, students will take a deeper look at ecological issues in our world and complete three differentiated projects on this menu with an "Ecology" green theme.
      From writing a speech that is to be presented to an Ec
ology" panel to creating a biome guide; students will love the choices and enjoy researching projects they can take ownership of.
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4. "Earth Day Data Fact Sheet and Follow Up Math Problems"  I've researched a list of important "Earth Day Facts" to share with my students and I've included some follow-up math word problems to reinforce their understanding of the data. DOWNLOAD this freebie here!

5."Earth Day Resolution"  Each of my students will be signing their own "Earth Day Resolution" once they've decided what difference they would like to make this year to help save the Earth!   DOWNLOAD this freebie:

Have a wonderful week,