Lesson Packet

Grades K-2, 3-5

Earth Day Resources for Elementary Grades

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SUBJECTS: Science, Social Studies

TOPICS: Biodiversity/Habitat, Carrying Capacity, Climate Change, Ecological Footprints, Natural Resource Use - General, Personal Consumption, Solid Waste

Resource Overview

Packet of 2021 Earth Day lesson plans for K – 5th grades. Free to download!

The 2021 Earth Day theme is “Restore Our Earth.”

Don’t teach elementary? Check out our Earth Day resource packets for Middle Grades and High School.

Features of This Resource

  • Engages elementary students with important questions like: How can we take action against climate change? How can we be sustainable even as our population grows?
  • Two lesson plans include direct climate action opportunities for elementary students
  • Fun and interactive lessons will make a memorable Earth Day

Included Lesson Plans and Readings

The following are include in the downloadable packet:

Lesson Plans

Green Spaces

- Students estimate and verify the amount of green space necessary to meet the oxygen needs of the entire class and... Read more »

Habitat Scramble

- In a role-playing simulation, students act as species in a habitat trying to survive by collecting cards that represent all... Read more »

Lend a Hand to the Earth

- Students create handprint art and write an action they will take to protect the environment. Students will be able to:... Read more »

Waste A-Weigh

- By weighing and recording their lunch waste every day for a week, students learn how conservation efforts can reduce the... Read more »

Who Polluted the River?

- Through an interactive story, students learn how, as human populations have increased, many of our rivers have become polluted. Students... Read more »


How do People Use the Earth’s Resources?

- An elementary-level reading that addresses renewable and non-renewable resources.

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