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.

In Search of Sustainable Life

- Students develop an index of factors most important to a sustainable community and develop models for measuring those factors.

Meat of the Matter

- Students use manipulatives to explore the environmental impact of four different types of protein, and the pros and cons of

People and Climate Change: The Data Is In

- Students interpret various forms of data (graphic, written, and visual) and identify relationships between factors of climate change.

What’s Up in the Air?

- Students interpret photos and analyze historical accounts to deduce what human activities contribute to air pollution, and suggest solutions.


Making a Difference for People and the Planet

- Students consider how today’s personal choices can positively impact the future of local and global communities and the natural environment.

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