Saving Planet Earth

Internet Resources

EnviroLink Garbage Composting in Schools Planet Earth Earth Magna Charta
USDA for Kids Page Green Schools Project Mercury Rising Acid Rain NASA Earth 
Science Enterprise
A Tree is a Community Look at the Landscape Friends with a 
Make a Tree Environmental Alphabet
Save the Trees Game Arctic Refuge Coloring Book Who Pollutes the Most Woodsy Owl A Work of Art
Don't Be a Water Waster What We Did for the Environment Remember to Recycle Tropical Birds Bags for the Environment
Classroom Seedlings Hidden Pictures Make a Nature Mobile Earth Day Quizzes Earth Day Word Finds
Composting Slide Show Recyclamobiles This Game is Rubbish Four Frog Quizzes Earth Day Match Games
What are YOU 
Doing for Earth 
Make a Globe Hazardous Waste Environmental Slogans A Changing Environment
Worm World Bird Feeders New Games from Old Ecology Derby Earth Adventures
Guess the Ecosystem Ozone Environmental Cartoons Connections to Biodiversity Shrink It
House Search Mission: Save Our Planet Cause and Effect Earth Day Crossword Puzzle City Manager of Dumptown
What a Waste Landfills      

This Web site provides a list of excellent environmental resources for K-12 teachers.

Garbage: How Can My Community Reduce Waste?
This site demonstrates what actually happens to the solid waste and sewage produced by individuals and industries around the world. It is based on the PBS series "Race to Save the Planet," funded by the Annenberg/CPB Projects.

Composting in Schools
This Web site gives information about composting in schools. There are ideas for student research projects, a teacher's page, and even a compost quiz.

Planet Earth
The Planet Earth site includes interactive learning activities about ecology. There's also an Ecology Hot List of Internet sites that support ecology curriculum.

Earth Magna Charta
This is a document about global preservation and peace written by one of the Earth Day founders. You can also sign up to become an Earth Trustee.

John Muir Exhibit
This exhibit features the life and legacy of John Muir, naturalist, writer, conservationist, and founder of the Sierra Club.

USDA for Kids Page
The United States Department of Agriculture has dozens of activities and sites for children of all ages. Content areas include weather, agriculture, nature, the environment, backyard conservation, fire safety, history, science, 4-H, and more.

Green Schools Project
This project is designed to save schools money and teach students about energy use and its connection to the environment. By educating and involving students, teachers, and administrators, you can cut energy consumption and costs for your school.

Mercury Rising
This richly visual Web site takes you to a rainforest in Costa Rica to investigate the impact of climate changes on the environment.

Acid Rain
The Environmental Protection Agency provides a look at the causes and effects of acid rain.

Earth Science Enterprise
Designed for kids, this NASA Web site shows how the Earth and changes affecting it are examined using space technology.

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Grades K-1
A Tree is a Community
A tree can be a virtual neighborhood, full of inhabitants and activities. Invite your students to look at trees in a new way and then to create one of their own.
What's in a Tree?

Grades K-2
Another Look at the Landscape
You never know what you'll see when you're a Nature Spy! Have your students try looking at the world around them in a new way, focusing on specific aspects of nature.
Nature Spies

Grades K-2
Make Friends with a Tree
Have students choose one tree to observe and learn about.
Tree Journal

Grades K-1
Make a Tree
Turn your classroom into a forest to celebrate Earth Day.
Paper Trees

Grades K-1
Environmental Alphabet
Have children practice letter recognition as they learn a little about what the Environmental Protection Agency does.
A is for Air

Grades K-1
Truffula Trees
"I am the Lorax.
I speak for the trees.
I've come here to celebrate Earth Day, so please.
Come join me and help spread the message I bring."

Be a friend to the trees and to each living thing. See how many Truffula seeds students can catch to replant trees.
The Lorax's Save the Trees Game

Grades K-1
Earth Day Bulletin Board
Create an Earth Day bulletin board titled "Arctic Animals," honoring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. Have children color the pictures of a caribou, a grizzly, a wolf, and others and then write a descriptive caption for each picture.
Arctic Refuge Coloring Book

Grades K-2
Who Pollutes the Most?
Do your students know the number one cause of air pollution? Have them find out with this connect the dots activity
MPCA: Kids Connect the Dots!

Grades K-2
Woodsy Owl
Have students color Woodsy Owl, America's environmental champion since 1970.
Woodsy Coloring Sheets

Grades K-3
A Work of Art
Don't throw that trash away! Have your students recycle it into a work of art.

Grades K-3
Don't Be a Water Waster!
Do your students waste water when they brush their teeth? Not sure? Then have them try an expreriment to find out.
Are You a Water Waster?

Grades K-3
What We Did for the Environment
Get children involved in caring for the environment. Have each child choose an activity to do and color from The Happy Earth Day Coloring and Activities Book. Display the finished pages on a bulletin board titled "What We Did for the Environment."
The Happy Earth Day Coloring and Activities Book

Grades K-4
Remember to Recycle
Students will love these print-and-cut recycling kits. Use them in the classroom, or have students color and cut them out for use at home.
Recycle Kits

Grades K-4
Tropical Birds
Have children make a class book of cool tropical birds, such as the Great Kiskadee and the Groove Billed Ani. After children color the pictures, you might want to laminate the pages before binding them into a class book.
Tropical Coloring Book

Grades K-5
Bags for the Environment
Get local grocers to donate paper bags. Students decorate the bags with pictures of Earth and environmental messages and then return the decorated bags to the grocery store to distribute to customers (full of groceries) on Earth Day.
The Earth Day Groceries Project

Grades 1-2
Classroom Seedlings
Have your students create their own nursery in the classroom and watch plants grow.
Garden in an Egg Carton

Grades 1-3
Hidden Pictures
Have your students create their own hidden wildlife pictures.
Where's the Wildlife?

Grades 1-5
Nature Mobile
Have students take a new look at nature and bring it into their homes and classrooms.
Make a Nature Mobile

Grades 1-8
Earth Day Quizzes
Test your students' knowledge about Earth Day.
Changing the Land Grades 1-2 (PDF file)
Changing the Land Answer Key (PDF file)
Resources Grades 3-5 (PDF file)
Resources Answer Key (PDF file)
Global Warming Grades 6-8 (PDF file)
Global Warming Answer Key (PDF file)

Grades 1-8
Earth Day Word Scrambles
Can your students unscramble these Earth Day words?
Earth Day Word Scramble (grades 1-2) (PDF file)
Earth Day Word Scramble Answer Key (grades 1-2) (PDF file)
Earth Day Word Scramble (grades 3-5) (PDF file)
Earth Day Word Scramble Answer Key (grades 3-5) (PDF file)
Earth Day Word Scramble (grades 6-8) (PDF file)
Earth Day Word Scramble Answer Key (grades 6-8) (PDF file)

Grades 1-8
Earth Day Word Finds
Have students test their detective skills by finding specific Earth Day words hidden in a puzzle.
Earth Day (easy) (PDF file)
Earth Day Answer Key (easy) (PDF file)
Earth Day (difficult)(PDF file)
Earth Day Answer Key (difficult)(PDF file)

Grades 2-4
Composting Slide Show
Students can find out how to make compost and how to use it to grow beautiful gardens. Using a scripted slide set, students can click through composting steps, illustrated by young children.
Composting for Kids

Grades 2-5
Have children make a "Recyclamobile." Ask them to bring from home some kind of box or container that could be recycled, such as a cereal box or a plastic margarine container. Then ask them to come up with as many other different uses for the container as they can. The uses can be serious or silly. Next, have children write ideas on small squares of construction paper, and attach the squares with yarn to the containers. Hang the Recyclamobiles around the room for all to enjoy.

Grades 2-5
This Game is Rubbish!
The people of Rubbish World are being held captive by the evil Rubbish Warlord, Hsart. Students try to save the people by making good environmental decisions.
Rubbish World

Grades 2-6
Four Frog Quizzes
Frogs are disappearing at an alarming rate. How much do your students know about frogs and their current situation? To find out, have them take any of four fun frog quizzes.
EcoKids: Frog Quiz

Grades 2-6
Earth Day Match Games
Have students play a matching game about any of these topics: renewable energy, biodiversity, water, air pollution, or solid waste.
Memory Games

Grades 2-8
What are YOU Doing for Earth Day?
Have students read what people are doing year-round to celebrate Earth Day. They can also write what they've been doing for Earth Day and submit it for posting.
WhaleTimes EarthDay

Grades 3-6
Make a Globe
Students can make a globe of the earth from a balloon covered with newspaper, flour-water glue, and paint. Although this is a messy project, the results are very nice and teach a tremendous amount about geography.
Papier-Mâché Globe

Grades 3-6
Hazardous Waste
Hazardous waste is not just an industrial problem. Many sources of hazardous waste can be found in the home. Can your students identify items that are hazardous, and ones that can be recycled?
Garbage — Hazardous Waste in the Home

Grades 3-8
Environmental Slogans
In 1950, Smokey the Bear was created to help make children aware of the destruction of forests by fire. Smokey's slogan was "Only you can prevent forest fires." In 1970, Woodsy Owl was created by the Forest Service, and his slogan was, "Give a hoot. Don't pollute." Woodsy Owl now has a new slogan, "Lend a Hand—Care for the Land." Have students come up with their own environmental character and slogan to use on an Earth Day poster.
Woodsy Owl
Smokey Bear

Grades 3-8
A Changing Environment
In this lesson, students will use observation skills to analyze changes that people have made to the natural environment.
Environmental Explorer

Grades 3-8
Worm World
Have your students learn about earthworms, those busy recyclers who break down organic matter. Older students might also be interested in creating a worm bin.
Worms as Recyclers

Grades 4-6
Bird Feeders
Birds are good to the earth, so let's be good to birds by making milk-carton bird feeders. Have each student bring an empty, clean, half-gallon milk carton to school. Then follow these easy instructions:

Cut a 4" x 3" rectangle out of one side of the milk carton.
Below the rectangle, cut a round hole. Then cut a similar hole on the side directly opposite.
Slide a straight stick or dowel through the hole. This will be the perch.
Cut two small holes in the top of the carton, and thread strong string or thin wire through them to form a hanger.

Grades 4-8
New Games from Old
If you have students who like to invent as well as recycle, have them use parts from old games to create a new game.
Pass It On

Grades 4-8
Ecology Derby
Have students learn the fundamentals of Internet research and discover challenging ideas about ecosystems and important environmental issues.
Headbone Derby—Ecology Strikes Back!

Grades 5-8
Earth Adventures
Have students join Miss Maggie on her earth adventures to investigate problems all over the world.
Miss Maggie's Earth Adventures

Grades 5-8
Guess the Ecosystem
This game works a lot like Pictionary™. As a picture appears, students try to guess which ecosystem is being drawn.
Biodiversity Performs

Grades 5-8
The weather report tells that it is going to be sunny and hot and that an orange ozone alert has been issued. What is ozone? What does an orange alert mean? Why should you be concerned about it? Have students learn the answers to these and other questions about ozone.
How Ozone Pollution Works

Grades 5-8
Environmental Cartoons
Have students try their hand at cartooning by creating their own environmental cartoons.
Brucie and the Gang Protecting the Rivers

Grades 5-8
Connections to Biodiversity
In the virtual house students can learn about our connections to biodiversity and about how the way we live can affect our planet's biodiversity.
WWF: Virtual House

Grades 5-8
Shrink It
Can your students reduce waste by 10 percent with a budget of $50,000? Have them give it a try.
Garbage — Shrinking a Landfill

Grades 5-8
House Search
Students begin by choosing a topic: forests for life, toxic chemicals, wildlife trade, endangered sea, or global warming. Then they search the house for answers to specific questions.
WWF: Virtual House

Grades 5-8
Mission: Save Our Planet
There are tons of things students can do to save the environment. Have them work in teams to create a booklet of strategies.
How to Save the Planet

Grades 6-8
Cause and Effect
The solution to one problem can lead to new problems. Have students learn about unintended consequences by symbolically acting out the effects of pesticides.
Endangered Food Chain

Grades 6-8
Earth Day Crossword Puzzle
Have your students solve this Earth Day related word puzzle.
Earth Day (PDF file)
Earth Day Answer Key (PDF file)

Grades 6-8
City Manager of Dumptown
Have students play a cool online recycling game where they become the city manager of Dumptown. They can start programs that encourage Dumptown's citizens and businesses to recycle and reduce waste.
Dumptown Game

Grades 7-8
What a Waste
By examining the complex social, economic, and environmental problem of siting a resource recovery facility, students will determine the advantages and disadvantages for the community.
Not In My Backyard: Siting A Resource Recovery Facility

Grades 7-8
Students will learn how a sanitary landfill is made and operates, and will understand some of the associated pollution problems.
How Do Landfills Work?

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