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Earth Day is tomorrow, April 22, and we want to use this day to take action to protect and preserve our planet. This month we will be sharing how to get involved, activities for your classroom, and more. Plus, if you want even more resources, such as advocacy packets or more lesson plans and books, view last year’s Earth Day newsletter in our newsletter archive.
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Free Earth Day Resources You’ll Love
You can find hundreds of resources on how to celebrate our planet with free resources from many organizations trying to conserve the environment. Here are a few:
- Earth Inside and Out – This is one of the American Museum of Natural History’s collection of free curriculum, lesson plans, and articles about the Earth!
- The Nature Conservancy has teaching guides, videos, and virtual field trips to “help students learn the science behind how nature works for us and how we can help keep it running strong.”
- Intro to Earth Day – National Geographic provides an activity for grades 3-5 about environmental problems that affect their daily lives.
- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency also has lesson ideas and resources for Earth Day.
Our Favorite Earth Day Books
- Gorilla Gardener: How To Help Nature Take Over the World by John Seven (Author) & Jana Christy (Illustrator)
- Let’s Eat: Sustainable Food for a Hungry Planet by Kimberley Veness
- This Class Can Save the Planet by Stacy Tornio (Author) & Kristen Brittain (Illustrator)
- Zonia’s Rain Forest by Juana Martinez-Neal (Author & Illustrator)
- Thank You, Earth: A Love Letter to Our Planet by April Pulley Sayre (Author & Illustrator)
Building Sustainable Vehicles
Gasoline prices reached an all-time high this year, and electric vehicles avoid this cost while reducing the CO2 emissions in the environment. With the EV Micro-Kart Kit, students build mini electric vehicles themselves, then code them while learning about circuits and mechanical engineering. It is a great way to celebrate Earth Day by teaching about sustainability in vehicles!
You can also use the Short Course for a more compact version of the curriculum, all while learning the same basic concepts!
Earthy STEM Champions to Follow
- Twitter: The Nature Conservancy – Our mission is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Working in 75 countries and territories, all 50 U.S. states and your backyard.
- Twitter: U.S EPA – Our mission is to protect human health and the environment.
- Instagram: Earth Day Network – Earthday.org’s official Instagram page. Environmental Conservation Organization.