Earth Day Lesson Resources

2021-04-07

Earth Day provides an opportunity for primary and secondary teachers to stimulate discussion on the environment and global issues in the classroom.


Marked annually on 22nd April since its inception in 1970, the day can be weaved into lesson plans via a multitude of different resources – from those looking to encourage pupils to think about their environmental footprint to others exploring new technologies and innovative ideas.


The theme for 2021 is ‘Restore our Earth’, with those behind Earth Day keen to focus on the many actions and processes which can help to restore the world’s ecosystems.


So if you’re a primary teacher looking to create some memorable lesson plans, or if you want to dive into environmental topics as a secondary teacher, these are some of the handy resources on Earth Day which can help…


Earthday.org

With lesson plans on topics such as air quality and plastic pollution, as well as numerous toolkits and quizzes, the official Earth Day website is packed with useful educational resources.


You’ll also find a number of Advocacy packets to support students, alongside information on the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, known as COP26, which is being held in Glasgow later this year.


Secondary teachers may also be interested in the toolkit which focuses on the theme for 2021, as it includes a number of key messages that pupils can share via their own social media platforms with links to resources on Earth Day and its associated topics.


Twinkl

With dedicated Earth Day resources, Twinkl has an array of printable activities and ideas for pupils of all ages which have been designed for teachers by teachers.


Among the Key stage 1 resources available are PowerPoint presentations on the origins of Earth Day and other related topics, as well as worksheets on climate change, plastic pollution, endangered species and sustainability.


Tes

Offering free and low-cost options, Tes has plenty of Earth Day resources for primary and secondary teachers.


If you need ideas for lesson plans or wish to fill some spare time, the presentations and activities can all help to drive meaningful debate and discussion on key environmental topics.


National Geographic

Recognising that pupils have a pivotal role to play in helping the environment, National Geographic has a useful introduction to Earth Day, which puts an emphasis on how small actions can make a big difference.


From considering how they impact the environment in their daily lives to thinking of ways they could do things better, it’s an opportunity to encourage pupils to think creatively in the classroom.


The digital Resource Library is also home to hundreds of articles and activities for pupils of different ages, great for if you’re looking to add further depth to your lesson plans.


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