Lesson details




Composition of Earth


Natural events and human activities impact environment

Recommended Technology: 

Smartboard and teacher's computer
Student devices for viewing  Earth's resources site / 1:1/ before class discussions

Other instructional materials or notes: 

*2 sheets of blue and /or green poster board for each project-based group of students, 3/4 students to a group
* disposable gloves to wear during the "playground litter pick-up" activity
* a "reusable" grocery bag to carry litter during playground litter pick-up,or cardboard box
* small pieces of trash [ water bottles, cups, tin foil,small  plastic bags, small pieces of plastic grocery bags, etc. that have been found as a part of "playground litter pick-up"]
*nature magazines, such as National Geographic [checked first for cultures who are disrobed above waist], Sierra Club magazine, AAA  GO magazine, gardening and travel magazines.
*Markers, glue, stapler, tape, scissors
* Stamp pads of several different colors, if possible [but definitely one working stamp pad]


HOORAY for Earth Day...celebrating the planet we call HOME!

Multiple days
Lesson type: 
Project Based Lesson
Lesson overview: 

Students will learn about the first celebration of Earth Day on April 22nd, 1970, and why scientists, politicians, farmers, gardeners,teachers, and other concerned  citizens came together to CALL ATTENTION TO POLLUTION, WASTE OF NATURAL RESOURCES, and other problems of human activity that are harming our environment.   In this lesson, discussions and  arts projects will reinforce student learning about the problems of humans' past behavior, and ESPECIALLY help them think of  options that are environmentally responsible, both as students right now, and also in the future as adult inhabitants of the Earth.

Essential Question: 

What are the ways that citizens can be responsible caretakers of the Earth and its ecosystems, which affect our everyday lives as inhabitants of this planet? Which specific steps, and meaningful action  can be taken as young students?  Also, what other ways can we protect our land, water, and air, as we become responsible adults? 

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Lesson created by:
katherine bradley
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