Lesson Packet

Grades 6-8

Earth Day Resources for Middle Grades

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SUBJECTS: Science, Social Studies

TOPICS: Agriculture, Air Pollution, Climate Change, Minerals, Natural Resource Use - General, Personal Consumption

Resource Overview

Packet of 2021 Earth Day lesson plans for 6th – 8th grades. Free to download!

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

Don’t teach middle level? Check out our Earth Day resource packets for High School and Elementary.

Features of This Resource

  • Engages middle school students with important questions like: How can we take action against climate change? How can we be sustainable even as our population grows?
  • Three lesson plans include direct climate action opportunities for middle level 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

For the Common Good

- In two simulation games, students determine individual short-term consumption strategies that will maximize resources for the entire group. (Distance learning... Read more »

In Search of Sustainable Life

- Students develop an index of the ten factors they identify as most important to a sustainable community and develop models... Read more »

Meat of the Matter

- Students graph global meat consumption, use manipulatives to explore the environmental impact of four different types of protein, and discuss... Read more »

People and Climate Change: The Data Is In

- Students interpret various forms of data (graphic, written, and visual) and identify relationships between population growth, greenhouse gas emissions, temperature... Read more »

What’s Up in the Air?

- Students interpret photos, along with historical accounts and online research, to deduce what human activities contribute to air pollution and... Read more »


Making a Difference for People and the Planet

- Sustainable future background reading: Sustainable thinking is key to ensuring a healthy planet in the years ahead. Students consider how... Read more »

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