In 1970 there were little to no environmental protections. For example, the Environmental Protection Agency, Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act did not exist. That’s why Senator Gaylord Nelson pushed Earth Day as a way to force the issue onto the national agenda.

The annual event falls on April 22nd and calls on everyone, everywhere to do something good for the Earth. To help you incorporate Earth Day into your classroom, we have put together a list of reads and resources to make planning a bit easier!

Earth Day Reads:

Growing Up Green by Jeanne Strum

Share this eBook with young readers to help them discover what they can do to make greener choices as they grow up.

Publisher: Rourke Educational Media

Grade Level(s): 1-3

Age(s): 6-8

Languages: English & Spanish

Protecting Earth’s Resources by Dr. E.D. Hirsch Jr.

This informational text focuses on how humans can preserve and protect the natural resources we use for modern life.

Publisher: Core Knowledge Foundation

Grade Level(s): 5

Age(s): 10-12

Languages: English and Spanish

Global Warming by Shelly Buchanan

This nonfiction science text will teach students about global warming, the carbon cycle, deforestation and renewable energy sources. Not only does it align with Earth Day initiatives, it aligns with Next Generation Science Standards.

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials

Grade Level(s): 4-7

Age(s): 8-13

Languages: English & Spanish

Earth Day Lesson Plan Ideas:

  1. On Fathom Reads, select books include “Book Resources” which offer multiple teaching activities, reading questions and more. Be sure to check this out when looking at Earth Day books.

2. Lesson Plans and Resources from PBS

3. Lesson Plans and Teacher Guides from the Environmental Protection Agency

4. Lesson Plans from The Nature Conservancy

Earth Day Activities & Crafts:

  1. 42 Crafts and Activities That Utilize Upcycles Materials from We Are Teachers

2. 45 Fun At-Home Kids Activities for Earth Day from B-Inspired Mama

3. Recycling Activities from Keep America Beautiful

Remember, Earth Day can be everyday! Take advantage of these resources throughout the year, not only on Earth Day. But no matter when you use these resources, let us know what you think in the comments below!

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