Lesson Packet

Grades K-2, 3-5

Earth Day Activities for Elementary Students

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SUBJECTS: Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies

TOPICS: Personal Consumption, Solid Waste, Water Pollution

Resource Overview

Packet of 2024 Earth Day lesson plans for K – 5th grades is free to download! Perfect resource for engaging your elementary students in the 2024 Earth Day theme “Planet vs. Plastics.”

Earth Day Activities for Elementary Schools

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 2024 Earth Day

Included Lesson Plans

The following activities are included in the downloadable packet:

Earth Day Lessons for Elementary Students

Waste Not, Want Not

- Students identify ways to reduce solid waste by reusing items that might be disposed of. Students will be able to:...

Lend a Hand to the Earth

- Students create handprint art and write an action they will take to protect the environment.

Who Polluted the River?

- Students participate in an interactive story, where a river becomes polluted by human actions over time.

Who Polluted the Potomac?

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

What Would You Do?

- In groups, students consider several environmental and social dilemmas and discuss the consequences of various reactions. Students will be able...

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