Teaching in a public school, it's hard to celebrate Spring through Easter, so I always loved Earth Day because of the many ideas kids had to take care of our planet better and the many teachable science moments it initiated.
I'm excited to share some of my favorite technology resources for this holiday!
BrainPOP & BrainPOP, Jr.
Of course these would make my list, as they always do for each holiday. These movies are GOLD in my opinion-- engaging, short, full of facts, and the related material they cover is enough to stretch these lessons across several subjects.
I've included lists to my favorite videos from both BrainPOP, Jr. and BrainPOP in the image above. I think the best thing about teaching third is that both levels are appropriate, so we take full advantage! Free videos are marked and these are great conversation starters and overviews for the week of Earth Day, as well as any additional curriculum you may be using around Earth Science.
Find BrainPop HERE and BrainPOP, Jr. HERE.
Naturebridge.org's My Garbology
I am in *love* with this interactive website that teaches kids the difference between what goes into compost, recycling, trash (landfill) and what can be reused!!
Kids will drag each item into its appropriate container. They will then be taken on a journey through how the item changes and learn lessons in a humorous and very kid-friendly way. The captions are read aloud by the characters, making this a wonderful lesson for your whole class, no matter their reading level.
Be sure to click on "For Teachers" at the bottom of the page for tons more PDFs, lessons, and handouts!
Find all of this at MyGarbology.org HERE.
EcoKids Games & Activities
EcoKids has some wonderful games and activities that range from Primary to Intermediate levels and cover math, reading, and riddles. This is definitely a site you'll want to sift through first to choose the activities that are best-suited to your students' levels, but you can also come back to this site over and over all year for ways to practice lots of different strategies in new ways.
Their sections on Waste and Climate Change are full of the lessons I use the most. It is a Canadian-based site, so measurements are in metric, which I loved since it helped my kids use a different format, but it is something to be aware of.
To find these great games and activities, click on EcoKids HERE.
The Lorax Project (TM)
Of course, one of the best Earth Day movies to sing along to is The Lorax! The book is also such a beautiful read and worth rereading to your kids whether they have heard it a million times before, seen the movie, or whatever :)
This site is full of resources to help you save real-life places-- the most endangered forests and species that are at-risk. I loved that this tied in the fantasy of Dr. Seuss into a real-life call-to-action. Plus, there are pictures and descriptions of these places and animals that need our help, so there are wonderful ways to incorporate this into a literature or science lesson. You could even do a quick scavenger hunt for information-- there are loads of possibilities with all of the information on this site!
Of course, there's also fun links to coloring pages and matching activities.
For more, visit The Lorax Project (TM) HERE.
I also have loads of Earth Day packets on TpT to help support your ELA and Math lessons. Just click on the pictures and/or captions to find them in my store.
|Qr Codes to practice 2&3-Digit Addition, 2&3-Digit Subtraction, 3&4-Digit Addition, and a Discounted Bundled Set|
|Brain Breaks for Earth Day- get your kids up & moving!|
|Earth Day, Every Day Word Work and Earth Day Fraction Fun|
I hope these ideas help you have a wonderful Earth Day in your classroom!