Did Earth Day sneak up on you this year? Luckily we’ve come up with some great, last minute ideas for you to use in the classroom to help teach your students about the environment. Each of these ideas is simple and requires very little prep.
- Take your students outside to clean up the school yard. Discuss how it is important to keep the Earth clean and point out all the negative side effects of littering.
- Research environmental problems in your local area and present the findings to your students. Seeing the negative impacts on the environment in their own community is likely to create more interest among students.
- Teach students how to reduce their impact on the environment. There are many ways to do this both at school and at home. Encourage students to turn off electronics when they’re not in use, to not use paper plates and utensils, use reusable bags, use less paper towels, turn off the water when brushing their teeth, and more.
- Earth Day is the perfect time to teach about recycling. You may even choose to start a recycling drive at your school.
- Read a book or watch a movie that relates to the environment. There are many great examples, but The Lorax is one of the most popular.
- Make a craft out of recycled materials. We just posted a fun and simple craft on our blog last week. You can find it here.
- Encourage students to get involved. Give students a list of environmental organizations in the area and explain what types of volunteers they need. Your students may be inspired!
This is just a sampling of some very simple ideas to use in your classroom. No matter what you do this year, make sure you take at least a little bit of time to explain the importance of our environment.