Earth Day in the Classroom

April 11, 2021

I love teaching my students how special the earth is and how we can take care of it. Kids enjoy learning about ways we can take better care of our earth. I am going to share with you some of my favorite Earth Day activities for kids.

Earth Day Activities

Free Earth Day Activities by Wendy Smith

Free Earth Day activities for kids

This freebie is the perfect way to get your students thinking about ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle. It includes a short reading passage with comprehension questions. In addition, there is a poster for students to complete about the various ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Headband by Smitten with First

Reduce, reuse, and recycle activities for the classroom

Students sort the ways they can reduce, reuse, and recycle and then make this headband to celebrate taking care of the Earth.

Earth Day Writing Paper by Danielle Mastandrea

Free Earth Day writing paper and headband

I love this writing paper that you can put on a bulletin board that show how students can take care of the Earth. This resource also includes a headband.

Earth Day Journal Page by Teaching Little Learners

I can help the Earth writing prompt.

Students can write about what they are doing to help the earth. There is space for them to illustrate their writing.

My Earth Day Promise by The Applicious Teacher

My Earth Day promise art activity for kids.
Earth Day Bulletin Board

Have your students pledge their promise to take care of the Earth with this writing activity and; then students make the Earth with their handprint and glitter paint. Finally, put this up on your bulletin board for your students to see read.

Earth Day Videos

Videos are a great way to introduce a topic. These videos are kid-friendly and perfect to use in the elementary classroom. In addition, it gives you a minute or two to relax.

How Big the Great Pacific Garbage Patch Really Is

This is a great video to introduce Earth Day to students. It explains the plastic problem of the world. Eight million tons of plastic wind up in our oceans each year. As a result, plastic has become a problem that has gotten out of hand. Therefore, everyone needs to do their part in reducing and recycling plastic.

How Recycling Works!

People make a lot of garbage every day which ends up in huge, stinky dumps. Consequently, our landfills are overflowing with trash. Join Jessi to find out ways we can reuse lots of our garbage and keep the Earth healthy.

The Three R’s-Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

This video introduces the 3 R’s-reduce, reuse, and recycle to students. It gives examples such as using rechargeable batteries, giving away old clothes, and bringing your own bags to the store. I highly recommend showing this video for Earth Day.

How Plastic Hurts the World

In this video, kids will find out the problem with plastic. Recycling trash is one really important way we can help our Earth. We need to recycle things rather than throw them away. It is especially important to recycle plastic. Plastic is a big problem. It can take up to 500 years for a plastic bottle to disappear. Most importantly, everyone needs to do their part in reducing the use of plastic such as using cloth bags instead of plastic bags.

Going Green

This is a catchy song is about going green. After watching this video, this tune will be going through your head all day long.

Water Saving Tips and Tricks-Let’s Save the Planet

Everyone needs to help take care of the Earth. Besides recycling trash, we need to conserve water. Plants, animals, and people need water to survive. Only 0.025% of freshwater on the planet is drinkable. Therefore, everyone needs to use less water. This video teaches children how to save water.

Earth Day Books

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Books for Earth Day

What Happens to Our Trash?

This nonfiction picture book explains where our trash goes. Above all, it has many interesting facts that children love learning about and find fascinating.

Need more resources? Then click here and here for more free writing pages on how to take care of the Earth, second grade math worksheets, and word problems.


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  • Peter Cooper August 30, 2021 at 5:04 am

    Wow!!! What a blog. The way you explain it the way you use this word is mind-blowing. I just love this. Thanks for spreading this knowledge to us.

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