By Lani deGuia, Guest Blogger and Curriki Member
“We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors. We borrow it from our children.”
–Native American proverb
On Saturday, April 22, people and communities around the globe celebrate Earth Day. Since 1970, the international celebration has sought to promote environmental awareness and education. The Earth Day Network manages the global observances, and this year’s campaign focuses on making a commitment to environmental and climate literacy by Earth Day 2020.
This presents an opportunity to participate in teach-in events about “going green” and promoting green technologies and jobs. Here are several resources to join in the global cause:
Earth Day 2017 Skype in the Classroom from Microsoft Education
This collection of lessons and virtual field trips uses Skype as an instructional vehicle. Sessions include the Amazon rainforest; careers in biology, ecology, and marine science; rainforests, Badlands National Park, and climate change. It also provides tips on finding and facilitating guest speakers for the classroom.
Earth Day-PBS Learning Media
Curated streaming video, word searches, and crossword puzzles are just some of the standards-based offerings from PBS.
Constitution Hall Pass-The Story of Earth Day
Created and produced by the National Constitution Center, Constitution Hall Pass features the museum’s education staff, distinguished scholars, and even some famous faces who bring America’s democracy and the stories of “We the People” to life. This episode explores the history of the environmental movement in the United States and the origins of the holiday we know as Earth Day.
This curated collection from Curriki includes lesson plans on personal trash consumption, writing conservation songs, and recycling. Other offerings include kid-focused activities from the Environmental Protection Agency, a middle school unit on the environmental changes on the Great Lakes, and a carbon footprint calculator.
Earth Day Preschool
This preschool project has students create their own Earth Day mascot.
Introduction to Earth Day
This lesson plan from the National Geographic Society has students discuss environmental problems that affect their daily lives and brainstorm ways to make every day Earth Day by making small changes that have a big impact on the environment.
Celebrate Earth Day!
ReadWriteThink provides this lesson plan where students research famous environmentalists and write letters to them asking for their opinions on current issues and turn their letters into a poem.
Chemists Celebrate Earth Day
The American Chemical Society provides local and global events and activity ideas in celebrating Earth Day including poetry contests, educational resources, and ideas for supporting the March for Science 2017.
We hope these resources will inspire you to educate students on their personal and community ability to make a real impact on the planet. The young people you teach are perfect platforms for encouraging a call to action for the leaders of the future. How do you plan on celebrating Earth Day?
Lani deGuia is a Norfolk, VA-based Educational Consultant with experience writing and developing curriculum and managing school technology.