I absolutely love Earth Day! We're pretty big on recycling, reusing, composting, and reducing waste all year round. But when April rolls around, I can't wait to really focus on ways that we can all help take care of our precious planet. The future of our planet is in the hands of our kiddos, so why not give them the tools to help take care of it!
We are lucky enough to have a school site subscription to BrainPop, Jr. There are so many fantastic videos with kid friendly language. During our Earth Day unit, I like to use two of the videos with my Kindergarteners.
There are also some great songs on YouTube all about Earth Day. Some of our favorites are from Harry Kindergarten and Jack Hartmann.
I am obsessed with collecting great children's books (what teacher isn't!?!). My Earth Day collection has certainly grown over the years. More recently I've found some great reads to share with my kiddos. Here are a few of my favorites. You can click on the books to find them on Amazon.
We learn all about recycling and sorting our items into different categories. This interactive crown is always a crowd pleaser. Students cut out the pictures and glue them on the correct label to make the crown.
We also create these fun Natural Resources Mobiles. The students learn about renewable and nonrenewable resources and ways to conserve. We also talk about alternatives to using traditional natural resources such as electric cars vs. gas.
These Language Arts Centers are all about the Earth! Our Write the Room activity is full of Earth Day words for students to find. It's such a great activity to get the kids up and moving. Earth Day Scrambled Sentences are great for emergent readers. We do many versions of write the room and scrambled sentences throughout the year so they are very familiar activities for the students. Our Earth Day sort is also a great independent activity!
We do a lot of writing about the Earth throughout our unit! I have lots of different options both with and without lines to meet the needs of my students. (And I forgot to take a picture of our final writing products, ugh!) "Our Earth Day Family Plan" is a fun option to send home for homework or to make the home-school connection and to get families thinking about how they can help protect the planet.
What are some of your favorite Earth Day activities? Comment below!
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