Resources for Earth Day 2019
Resources for Earth Day 2019
PUBLISHED: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 by Andilynn Feddeler

With each year, Earth Day grows more important than ever in educating younger generations about the planet, how humans have altered it, and how we can all support it so that it can continue supporting us. Through climate change, pollution, deforestation, and the endangerment of tens of thousands of species, our Earth needs us more than ever. Earth Day is on Monday, April 22, 2019—help students understand the importance of conserving resources, recycling, and taking care of our planet with these lesson ideas and resources.

  • Planting. Whether trees, flowers, vegetables, or shrubs, planting any type of plant can be beneficial—for the environment, the animals that live in it, and the people that use it.

  • Litter cleanup. Take students to a local park or common area where there is a lot of trash. Have them team up and pick up as much litter as they can (with gloves). The team that collects the most wins!

  • Crafting with recyclables. Using recycled materials for a project can be a fun and creative way to make unique musical instruments, cooking tools, and more.

  • Art for awareness. Have students make posters that inform others what to recycle, how to conserve energy, and how to make the most of the resources they’re given.

  • Natural museums. Take a field trip to a local science museum that has exhibits on the environment, energy, and more. Explain the importance of certain ecosystems to animals (e.g., polar bears and ice caps) and what can happen if these climates cease to exist.

  • Conservation logs. Over the course of a few days, have students track their water or energy usage at school and at home. Tracking how long they leave the lights on or how much water they use can be very informative and push them toward being more mindful when using resources.

For additional resources and activity ideas, check out the following links:

You can also check out the forthcoming Hands-On Ecology, which features activities that can be used year-round to explore sustainability and ecology in grades 2–3.