Lesson Packet

Grades 6-8

Earth Day Activities for Middle School

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SUBJECTS: Science, Social Studies

TOPICS: Economics, Personal Consumption, Solid Waste, Water Pollution

Resource Overview

Packet of 2024 Earth Day lesson plans for 6th, 7th and 8th grades is free to download! Perfect resource for engaging your middle level students in the 2024 Earth Day theme “Planet vs. Plastics.”

Earth Day Activities for Middle Schoolers

The Earth Day activities in this packet will help junior high and middle school students engage in inquiry-based simulations and modeling activities that explore changing trends in world population, and how they relate to natural resource use, land and water use, ecosystem health, and more. Scalable activities are great for students of all abilities and learning styles.

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

Features of This Resource

  • Fun and interactive lessons will make a memorable 2024 Earth Day
  • 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?

Included Lesson Plans and Readings

The following are included in the downloadable packet:

Earth Day Lesson Plans for Middle School

Secret Life of Stuff

- Students compare the life cycle stages of four everyday products in order to hypothesize which item has the lowest environmental...

Market Research

- Students visit the supermarket and investigate products’ containers and packaging options to determine which products would produce the least solid...

Who Polluted the Potomac?

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


- Students examine their own values by considering various environmental dilemmas and evaluating how different reactions impact the planet. Students will...

Readings for Earth Day in Middle School

The Human Footprint: Air Pollution and Solid Waste

- Air pollution and solid waste background reading: Trash, pollution, and emissions increase as human population grows and people become wealthier....

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