Earth Day teaching ideas

Sian Evans
22nd March 2017
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Innovative activities and lesson ideas to prompt thoughtful discussion about Earth Day

Taking place on 22 April every year, Earth Day is a worldwide environmental movement that offers an ideal opportunity to get students thinking about their environmental footprint both in and outside of the classroom.

To help you to enthuse your learners, we've picked a handful of primary and secondary resources covering this year's theme of environmental and climate literacy.

Primary resources

Inspire the conservationists of tomorrow with these well-structured lesson plans for each year, outlining clear curriculum links.

Consider the ways in which we can care for the environment with this comprehensive Earth Day toolkit*, packed full of activities from writing prompts to cause-and-effect worksheets. Similarly, challenge your class to become climate change detectives and examine a range of environmental issues using this detailed workbook*.

For even more fun, pupils can try and avoid becoming eco-horrors in this colourful board game, highlighting the little things they can do to look after the planet. Plus, get them involved in this practical recycling activity, in which the process of sorting different materials prompts discussion about how recycling helps the environment.

Secondary resources

Examine the impact of climate change and help learners reflect on worldwide environmental issues with this short film and information pack, using African countries as a case study. Alternatively, delve into this two-lesson climate change challenge, in which students debate the problems and research solutions.

Discover the human impact on the environment, and what can be done to rectify it, using this clear presentation and accompanying worksheets. Or, investigate the six Rs of sustainability with these visually-appealing slides* and accompanying activities, such as planning a blog post, designed to get students thinking about how to look after the planet.

Explore how Earth Day is every day for Nasa’s observing satellites with this informative activity booklet, exploring how their work gives us a better understanding of the environment.

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This post was originally published on 14 April 2016, and was refreshed on 22 March 2017.

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