Every year I look for a different activity to do with my students on Earth Day. In fact, I often look for several new ideas because I usually make this the focus for the whole week. I’ve put together a list of my favorite tried and true Earth Day activities that I have used in my classroom over the years.
Read on to see the list!
Awesome Earth Day Activities for Elementary Students:
2. Create Art Using Recycled Materials. Students LOVE this! We often prepare for this well in advance though so that we have enough materials. I often let students use whatever recycled materials they want and then we end up with a variety of pieces. Here’s a sample of how beautiful recycled art can look! A hot glue gun is needed to glue the bottle caps down. I glued it for my students but they did the arranging. I’ve also had volunteers and student teachers help with the gluing in the past.
Here’s a link to my Oil Spill Activity if you’re wanting to use observation recording sheets.
4. Go on a nature walk! Students should bring along their science notebooks or an observation recording page and clipboard to record all of the amazing things that they notice in nature. We don’t often take enough time to just really look at our surroundings and appreciate them. You will be surprised by all of the things your students notice.
5. Create pledges for each student for how they plan to create a positive impact on the environment this year. They can even come up with a plan for how they will achieve it.
6. Research and environmental issue and report on it. My students do this every year and often a couple times a year during our science units. For example, during our Rocks and Minerals unit, students had to research how mining for rocks and minerals impacts the environment. They created google slide shows to present their findings.
7. Practice what you preach! Keep the lights off but the blinds open to let in the natural light. Talk to students about how you can make this a regular thing. Brainstorm what parts of the day it would make sense to have the lights off. My students decided that we didn’t need the lights on during lunch time so now we always keep them off (blinds open).
8. Design a house or a school that uses as many energy efficient things as possible. Students LOVE doing this! They come up with some great new ideas (solar powered T.V.) and utilize old ideas in their designs (lights off, blinds open).
9. Do an environmental audit of the school. Have students tour the school with their clipboards and notebooks to record all areas of the school that could use improvements in terms of environmental impact. They can present their findings to the principal.
10. Start a school composting initiative. This is more involved and you need to get many people on board with this but a teacher at my school made it happen! Every classroom has a compost bin that gets emptied to the larger outdoor compost bin every Friday. Our school ends up having amazing soil to put on our garden!
I hope you got some great ideas to use for Earth Day or at any time of the year! Earth Day is every day!
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