Earth Day

April 22
Earth Day is held annually during spring and is intended to inspire awareness of and appreciation for the Earth's environment. Earth Day, which was founded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in in 1970, is celebrated in many countries each year on April 22.

General Information    Things to Do    Lesson Plans    Web Activities    TV/Videos


General Information

Earth Day TipsEarth Day Through Indigenous Eyes
An indigenous view of what many Native Americans refer to as Mother Earth from Black Elk who lived from 1863 to 1950.
Earth Day TipsUEN's Climate Science
In addition to high quality, entertaining videos that were developed to teach students about climate and climate change, the site features lesson plans, web sites, books and career information.
Earth Day NetworkEarth Day Network
Find out about Earth Day events and activities, eco-information, and how to get involved.
Portal for U.S. Government Earth Day events and information.
Earth Day History - US EPAEarth Day History - US EPA
Learn how Earth Day started back in 1970.
All About Earth DayAll About Earth Day
What is the purpose of Earth Day? How did it get started?
Earth Day TimelineEarth Day Timeline
Follow the timeline to see how Earth Day has progressed through the years.
Today in History: April 22Today in History: April 22
Learn more about the beginnings of Earth Day from the Library of Congress - American Memory.
Earth Day TipsEarth Day Tips
Environmental tips for Earth Day and every day.

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 Things to Do

Protect the Environment: At SchoolHealthy School Environments
Learn how to protect the environment while at school.
Earth Day Groceries ProjectEarth Day Groceries Project
This free environmental awareness project encourages students to decorate paper grocery bags with environmental messages for Earth Day.
Earth Day On Your BlockEarth Day On Your Block
Celebrate your neighborhood by organizing an Earth Day event with your neighbors.
How to Celebrate Earth DayHow to Celebrate Earth Day
There are many ways that you can celebrate Earth Day. Here are 15 ideas from wikiHow.
Earth Day Crafts and ProjectsEarth Day Crafts and Projects
These fun Earth Day craft projects are for preschool, kindergarten and elementary school children.
Activities to Celebrate Earth Day5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day
ere are five ways to celebrate our planet on Earth Day or any day that you want to have fun and help the environment.
What on Earth Are You Doing for Earth Day?What On Earth Are You Doing for Earth Day?
Hold an Earth Day Fair. Start a school recycling program. Or get your students involved in one of the terrific online projects that promote environmental awareness and conservation.

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Lesson Plans

Best Lessons on Earth (Day)Best Lessons on Earth (Day)
These lessons engage students in creating maps of Earth, as well as exploring issues of junk mail and hazardous household waste.
Earth Day ExtravaganzaEarth Day Extravaganza
This Earth day lesson teaches students about the environment and the effects of pollution and recycling on their community.
Protecting Our Precious Planet: Sharing the Message of Earth DayProtecting Our Precious Planet
In this ReadWriteThink lesson, students participate in the Internet-based Earth Day Groceries Project.
101 Amazing Earth Facts Game"101 Amazing Earth Facts" Game
Play this Jeopardy-like game on Earth Day, or anytime.
Earth Day Teacher ResourcesApplied Digital Skills Lesson - Earth Day
After providing students with background on Earth Day, students will take charge of their learning by following the lesson to explore a topic centered around Earth Day. Students will be creating a presentation using a Google Application and will share the presentation with the class.
Celebrate Earth Day with ReadWriteThinkCelebrate Earth Day with ReadWriteThink
In celebration of Earth Day, students research famous environmentalists and write letters to them asking for their opinions on current issues and turn their letters into a poem.

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Web Activities

Earth Day GamesEarth Day Games
Celebrate Earth Day with online games, puzzles, crafts and coloring pages.
A kid-friendly site about looking after the planet.

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TV / Videos

The Story of Bottled WaterThe Story of Bottled Water
This video discusses the 'manufactured demand' for bottled water and presents some stunning facts about how pervasive our desire to drink from a bottle is.
eMediaEarth and Environment Videos in eMedia
The videos contained in eMedia are available to Utah's K-12 teachers and students through the Utah's Online Library.

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