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Earth Day Resources For Your Classroom

Earth Day Resources For Your Classroom

Homeschool or Public School – Everyone Can Benefit From These Great Educational Earth Day Resources

We love to celebrate Earth Day! My son, T, wants to go into the field of conservation and ecology so celebrating Earth Day fits naturally into our homeschool curriculum. I have gathered together a list of some great resources that you can use in your classroom too. It’s more important than ever that we teach our children to love and protect our precious Earth.

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Curriculum and Lesson Plans for Earth Day

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On April 22, join us for 24 hours of action in a global digital mobilization that drives actions big and small, gives diverse voices a platform and demands bold action for people and the planet. Over the 24 hours of Earth Day, the 50th anniversary of Earth Day will fill the digital landscape with global conversations, calls to action, performances, video teach-ins and more.

This site offers a lot of fun Earth Day resources including:

Earth Challenge 2020 60 second PSA


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Tennessee Conservation Voters

Tennessee General Assembly 101 Webinar Sign-Up 

Tennessee Conservation Voters will be hosting Tennessee General Assembly 101 webinars on Wednesday, April 22nd at 5:30 pm CT and Friday, April 24th at 12:30 pm CT. Presented by longtime environmental lobbyist Stewart Clifton, the webinar will include an overview of the structure and purpose of the state legislature, tips and tricks for effective citizen advocacy, and recommendations for developing strong relationships with your legislators.
Sign up below to let us know you’ll be attending and we will provide you with a link to the webinar!

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Take A Composting Test

Composting at home is SO EASY, but you do have to know a few things to make sure you get the desired results.  While you are safe at home during Earth Month, what better time to make sure you are doing things correctly?  Take our short composting quiz to test your knowledge. Make sure to click “view score” at the end to see how you did and view the correct answers. Then, share our quiz with friends!
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Recycle Right Tennessee

What’s accepted for recycling varies depending on where you live. Although many people are participating in curbside recycling, there is currently a high degree of contaminants, particularly plastic bags, in the recycling stream that negate the benefits of recycling. ​This program will help you understand how to recycle right in your area so we can keep recyclables out of the landfill and in our economy. Let’s make recycling work for everyone!

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PBS Learning Media

WGBH in collaboration with NASA presents digital media resources you can use to teach topics in K–12 Earth and Space Science. These free resources are organized into four grade bands. Each resource emphasizes engaging students in phenomena related to core ideas and science and engineering practices of the Next Generation Science Standards.

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Earth Optimism Summit – Smithsonian Institute

As a public health precaution, the Smithsonian is postponing the Washington, D.C.-based summit to a later date. Instead, on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day 2020, join us online for an Earth Optimism digital event that will showcase stories of both small and large-scale actions that frame the conversation and demonstrate that success is possible. The same speakers, the same content — digitally! We invite you to share your stories of success on #EarthOptimism and help us inspire millions of people around the world for greater impact!

Earth Optimism: Join the Movement!


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Smithsonian Ocean – Educator’s Corner

Smithsonian’s Ocean Portal Educators’ Corner provides you with activities, lessons and educational resources to bring the ocean to life for your students. We have collected top resources from our collaborators to provide you with teacher-tested, ocean science materials for your classroom. We hope these resources, along with the rich experience of the Ocean Portal, will help you inspire the next generation of ocean stewards.

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NASA’s Earth Day 2020: 50th Anniversary Toolkit

Fifty years ago, people around the world celebrated the first Earth Day (April 22, 1970). Organizers selected dates and planned activities specifically to engage young people in the growing environmental awareness movement.

As we plan for Earth Day 2020, NASA continues that outreach to young people and their mentors by pulling together various resources from across the agency into this online Earth Day Toolkit.

All the resources here are free and available to teachers and students, parents, civic leaders, museums  and anyone else  to use and enjoy.

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Earth Day At Home With NASA

Fifty years ago, on April 22, 1970, people around the world marked the first Earth Day. Thousands gathered to raise awareness about the importance of protecting our beautiful planet for future generations.

On this Earth Day, as we physically separate ourselves by necessity, we can still collectively appreciate the wondrous beauty of our planet and the extraordinary science that helps us understand how it all works – and we can do it from our homes.

Much as our Earth’s systems are interconnected so, too, are all of us. To help connect us virtually this Earth Day, we encourage you to share on social media photos and images of how you marked the 50th anniversary, using the hashtag #EarthDayAtHome. This could be a picture of a special science activity, an original work of art you created, the tree outside your window, or whatever inspires you.

To help get you started, NASA has collected activities, videos, special programs and other materials to help you observe “Earth Day at Home” with our Earth Day 50th Anniversary Toolkit. You also can find a variety of agency-wide resources at NASA at Home and at NASA STEM at Home, as well as in Spanish on Ciencia de la NASA.

Here, you’ll find even more, created especially for Earth Day – videos, online games and mobile apps, social media events, and even Lego activities for #EarthDayAtHome.

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National Park Week-Inspired Checklist of 20 Virtual Ideas for 2020

Each day of National Park Week has a theme to highlight what the National Park Service and our partners do and offer year-round.

National Park Week is going digital in 2020! Check out 20 virtual things to do during National Park Week and all year long as part of envisioning your 2020 park experience.

Parked At Home National Parks Service

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Green Education Foundation – Creating A Sustainable Future – Waste Reduction Challenge

Many of us don’t think about how much we throw away each day and where it ends up. We’ve become disconnected from the waste stream and the processes involved because it has become so easy – throw something away and never see it again!  This program is designed to make students aware of the implications of creating waste and identifies the ways we can all work together to reduce waste and recycle more.

Online Courses – Curriculum, and Posters Available

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Earth Day Resources For Arts and Crafts

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Butterfly Earth Day Art Project reuses magazine pages

REUSE- Make Butterfly Art From Old Magazine Pages

These beautiful butterflies are easy to make and most of you have everything you need to make them at your house already. 

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Nature Suncatcher Wind Chimes for Kids to Make | HOAWG

I love a craft that is easy for the kids to do and had a pretty end result! Natural suncatcher wind chimes are both of those things. Start out by getting the kids involved and active. Send them into the backyard or take a walk to collect find flowers and leaves!

Homemade Nature Suncatchers From Kids To Make From Hands On As We Grow

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Paper Recycling Project for Earth Day

Ever wonder how paper is recycled or how to make paper without a screen? In this mini thematic unit, you will find fun activities to learn all about making paper with kids and other fun ways to teach recycling. It’s perfect for an Earth Day theme!

Paper Recycling Project from 

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cookie jar: “earth cookies” for earth day! | Sheri Silver – living a well-tended life… at any age

Such fun. Once I knew what to do….. Ever since I started seeing these cookies on Pinterest I knew I wanted to make them. I loved the idea of riffing on the bark I made a few years back, but even better because…..cookies!

Culinary Art – Make Earth Day Cookies With 

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How to Make Apple Birdseed Homemade Bird Feeders Everyone Loves – Natural Beach Living

How to Make Apple Birdseed Homemade Bird Feeders, Apple Bird Feeders, Easy Homemade Bird Feeders, DIY Bird Feeders, Bird Feeders for Kids to Make, Great Fall Craft for Kids, Homemade Bird Treats, Birdseed ornaments, Homemade Bird Seed Ornaments How to Make bird seed ornaments, DIY birdseed ornaments, Birdseed ornament recipe, Apple Activities for Kids

Make Apple Birdseed Feeders With Natural Beach Living 

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The BEST Earth Day Coloring Pages

I curated these Earth Day coloring pages just for you! I imagined the most beautiful parts of the earth and how best to celebrate. These FREE Earth Day printables will engage children and ignite conversation for further learning. To add onto the coloring enjoyment check out these Earth Day songs and Earth Day activities.

Keep It Simple With Earth Day Coloring Pages from Carrots Are Orange

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Check out more fun ideas on my Earth Day Pinterest Board

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Download and print my gift for you – This Home Sweet Home Watercolor Earth Printout

Home Sweet Home Earth Watercolor

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I hope you find many ways to enjoy Earth Day as we celebrate it this year. Let us know how you decided to participate in the comments section below. We love to hear from you!

Be blessed, stay well, and love one another,


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