Every year on April 22, more than one billion people take part in Earth Day. Across the globe, individuals, communities, organizations, and governments acknowledge the amazing planet we call home and take action to protect it.
Each year the Earth Day Network works year-round to put together educational tools, activities and resources in honor of Earth Day for K-12 schools. Check out these activities to incorporate in the classroom or at home.
Earth Day Reading Lists
Grades K-3 (PDF)
This list includes short descriptions of the most popular of earth related children’s books while also including a complete list of suggested reading in honor of Mother Earth.
Reading list for grades 5-8 (PDF)
This list includes short descriptions of the most popular of youth chapter books while also including a complete list of suggested reading in honor of Mother Earth.
Earth Day Classroom Activities
The Bigger Meaning of Recycling: Green Play Structures (PDF)
This lesson plan is designed to show students the bigger meaning of recycling by focusing on what is created from the process. Many commonly recycled materials such as tires, scrap metal, and cardboard are converted into materials used in the construction of green play structures.
The Truth about Plastic Bags (PDF)
This lesson will inform students about the scope of the worldwide plastic bag problem, and provide them with ways to reduce plastic bag generation and waste.
Six Infamous Pollutants (PDF)
In this lesson, students will work in groups to research and "get to know" the six major air pollutants, and then present the information in creative ways to make an invisible and intangible entity (air pollution) a bit more visible and real to them. Students will also discover ways to help reduce air pollution in their own lives.
Carrying Water (PDF)
In this lesson, students will audit their personal daily water usage, and participate in a class discussion about water use and conservation.
Looking for more resources? Visit the Earth Day Network for tool-kits and more!