Lesson Packet

Grades K-2, 3-5

Earth Day Resources for Elementary Grades

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SUBJECTS: Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies

TOPICS: Community Connections, Economics, Land Use, Natural Resource Use - General, Personal Consumption

Resource Overview

Packet of 2023 Earth Day lesson plans for K – 5th grades is free to download! Perfect resource for engaging your elementary students in the 2023 Earth Day theme: “Invest in Our Planet.”

Earth Day Activities for Elementary Students

The Earth Day activities in this packet will help young children grow their awareness of our planet and develop Earth-loving attitudes. Ecology themes can frame interdisciplinary lessons in K-5 classrooms that build students’ skills in numeracy, literacy, problem solving, scientific inquiry, and communication. Through these activities, students will cultivate environmental stewardship while also building content knowledge in core subject areas.

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: What are some of the ways people impact the planet? What can I do, and what can we do, to help? How can we be sustainable even as our population grows?
  • Fun and interactive lessons will make a memorable Earth Day

Included Lesson Plans and Readings

The following are included in the downloadable packet:

Lesson Plans

Go Fish!

- Students share a bowl of goldfish crackers to simulate even and uneven consumption of limited resources. Students will be able...

Mining for Chocolate

- After matching everyday products to their rock or mineral sources, students “mine” chocolate chip cookies to discover the impacts of...

Our Town

- Students discuss the places that make up a community, construct an imaginary 3-D town, and model how communities change when...

Waste A-Weigh

- Students track their lunch waste every day for a week and test strategies for reducing the amount of generated trash.

Who Polluted the Potomac?

- Through an interactive story, students experience the pollution of a local river over time and propose methods to protect the...


How do People Use the Earth’s Resources?

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

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