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 plot the necessary green space to meet the class's oxygen needs and design an imaginary "green" city.

Habitat Scramble

- Students act as animals trying to survive by collecting essential habitat services - water, soil, shelter, space, air, and food.

Lend a Hand to the Earth

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

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 River?

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


How do People Use the Earth’s Resources?

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

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