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Earth Day Extravaganza

Time Frame

10 class periods of 60 minutes each

Group Size

Small Groups

Life Skills

  • Thinking & Reasoning
  • Communication
  • Social & Civic Responsibility


Danielle Clifford
Lindsey Cook
Heather Leeflang
Whitney Oliver


Earth Day lesson to teach third grade students about the environment and the effects of pollution and recycling on their community.


  • Computers-Internet Access
  • Overhead Projector
  • Paper & Pencils
  • Garbage Bags
  • Paint
  • Poster Board
  • Newspapers
  • Food Processor
  • White Glue
  • Water
  • Sink
  • Old Panty Hose
  • Coat Hanger
  • Electric Iron
  • Tree for Planting
  • Beans
  • Plastic Cups
  • Soil
  • Terrarium
  • Globe
  • Movie-The Lorax
  • Old Magazines

Background for Teachers

This is a unit overview of Earth Day. It fits the core curriculum for third grade. Specifically designed for Art, Science, Social Studies, and Health.

Student Prior Knowledge

The students would have prior knowledge of their community and environment.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Awareness of human effect on the environment. Knowledge of how to improve their community.

Instructional Procedures

Social Studies
Have students visit this Earth Day Activity page. Complete the activities listed on the page.

Have students read the story "The Lorax" and complete these questions.

Have the students visit the Evolution Game. Begin by clicking on Learn More. Read the story about the activity. Next click on How to Play and read the instructions. Following the instructions to view the experiment.

View the picture of the sea glass turtle work of art. Have students write a story about the life of this turtle.



Created: 03/24/2005
Updated: 05/13/2022