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Earth Day—first celebrated on April 22, 1970—aims to raise awareness of the need to protect Earth's natural resources. Explore resources you can use in your lessons to help prepare future generations to protect the Earth.
Skim these materials from National Geographic to use for your Earth Day activities! The multiple levels of materials available make differentiating easy. Scroll down the page to find resources, reference materials, maps, media, collections, and more.
This interactive and classroom program demonstrates the impact of recycling just one can. Students make eco-friendly choices within the interactive to explore Cantown and earn green points for helping recycle a can. Educator guides are also included.
Discover many different games focused on the environment and ecology. Select from various titles such as Electric Vehicle Race and Catch the Rubbish. Each activity includes a suggested age level, detailed instructions, and difficulty level.
Learn about recycling and the vast array of products made from recycled materials. Use the How to Recycle section to learn about the various types of recycled materials, how to recycle them, and the new items they have become.
Explore the statistics, controversies, and issues concerning water use around the globe. Click the "Water Facts" tab for important information about water ecosystems, human rights, drinking water and sanitation, climate change, and related topics.
As part of their extensive site for vocabulary, roots, and more, MyVocabulary.com offers an area for Earth Day. Find interactive vocabulary activities using Earth Day vocabulary words. You’ll also find printable crosswords, fill-in-the-blanks, and more.
Need a bookcase or rug for your classroom or home office area? This grassroots, nonprofit network aims to get unused stuff into the hands of someone who can use it, and—most importantly—keep it out of our clogged landfills.
Recyclebank offers current information to help people live greener. They want to make a world without waste, one person or community at a time. Register to become a member and earn points by taking quizzes and reading articles related to the environment.
Share this movie about where our stuff comes from and the effects of consumption on our society with your class. Play the video from the site or download it to your computer. You can also download related podcasts.
Scroll down this site and click on "Lesson ideas and resources for teachers" (under Teach, Learn and Share) to learn more about specific topics. Take a virtual trip to Recycle City and learn about the history of Earth Day and ways to celebrate.
Use this inspirational site to encourage students to help save the Earth. Kids for Saving Earth was created by a student, Clinton Hill, who died from cancer at the age of eleven. Discover many activity ideas, worksheets, music, and more.
Read this site for up-to-date news and information about the environment. View a vast collection of resources about climate, energy, food, justice, and more. Use the search box to find quizzes, videos, and discussion starters.
This Week at TeachersFirst
This week, engage in professional learning with an upcoming OK2Ask virtual workshop on Tuesday and a related blog post! We also kindly request your input in our weekly poll.
Infusing Technology Blog
Try out the ideas in this blog post for no-tech/low-tech and tech-infused ideas that motivate students to share in the Arbor Day Foundation's mission of inspiring people to plant and nurture trees. Plus, learn how to get your class involved!
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