Earth Day is celebrated each year on April 22nd (since 1970 — can you believe it?). If you’re looking for some Earth Day lesson plans, as well as fun and creative ways to celebrate the environment, check these out!
Earth Day Lesson Plans, Activities and Crafts for Homeschool
Earth Day Lesson Plans
EarthDay.org has free lessons plans organized for grade levels K through 12.
The Story of Climate Change Interactive Book
Download The Story of Climate Change, a free interactive textbook for grades 5 through 8, from iTunes. The Earth Day Network describes the book as, “The Story of Climate Change is the first interactive iTextbook for middle school students. It is a new, active way of learning through multimedia to connect students beyond pages and vocabulary words into the practical applications of climate science. Each of the iTextbook’s six chapters includes informative videos, fun interactive resources, critical thinking activities, as well as review and discussion questions to reinforce unit concepts. Keep students in tune with the latest climate science and research.”
Decorate Bags for Stores
The Earth Day Groceries Project is a great way to get the local stores involved (especially if you have a homeschool group). You get a store to provide brown bags to you. The kids decorate them with Earth Day pictures and messages and return them to the store to be used to bag customers’ groceries on Earth Day. (Cool, right?)
Biodegradable Plant Pots
Planting seeds is a fun and educational way to talk about Earth Day. These cute biodegradable pots are a perfect project for the day because you are using recycled materials to make the pot and then they can be planted right into the ground when your plants are ready!
Earth Day Cupcakes
These Earth Day cupcakes would be perfect paired with the biodegradable craft pots project!
How Long Until It’s Gone? Chart
This How Long Until It’s Gone? chart is a great eye-opener as well as a conversation starter about how long it takes for every day items to decompose.
Earth Day Scavenger Hunt
Get the kids outside and moving with this fun Earth Day Scavenger Hunt!
A fun way to learn about recycling with this free printable game!
Stained Glass Earth
Get crafty with this beautiful “stained glass” earth craft.