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 2022 Earth Day lesson plans for K – 5th grades. Free to download!

The 2022 Earth Day theme is “Invest in Our Planet.”

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 where people live and create model communities to become familiar with resources needed by humans. Students will be...

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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