Learn about the history of Earth Day.
Set aside some time to read or watch The Lorax with your students.
This popular fable speaks for the trees and portrays the idea that we are all stewards of the earth. Long before Earth Day was celebrated nationally, Dr. Seuss highlighted this important topic in a compelling story.
Talk about the consequences of our choices in respect to nature. What products are better for the earth? How have human beings added to pollution? What can be done now to ensure a healthier living environment?
There are simple things that we can all be doing to help the environment daily—discuss these with your students. For example: turning off the water while brushing teeth, unplugging chargers when not in use, taking shorter showers, etc.
Earth Day presents the perfect opportunity to shine the spotlight on healthy eating. Explain to students what composting means, and how to plant their own vegetable gardens. Discuss buying local produce and supporting local farmers. Talk about ways to use less energy while cooking, and how packaging creates waste.
Here are a couple favorite earth day activities:
- Build a bird feeder
- Plant something
- Take a hike
- Clean up a park
Do you have an Earth Day activity that you’d like to share with us? We’d love to hear about it.