Earth Day—celebrated every year on April 22—is a special holiday, as it allows us to honor our home planet and reminds us how connected we indeed are, despite our differences.
The annual holiday is a big deal at HMH, as it should be across the planet. In fact, according to HMH Archivist Susan Steinway, two of our authors had an indirect hand in the holiday’s creation!
It’s never too early to get your students thinking about the steps they can take—however big or small—to improve our current conditions on Earth. You never know if you have a budding environmentalist in your class who could make significant environmental changes in the future. Incorporate the free Earth Day activities for elementary students below in your in-person or remote classroom.
Earth Day Activities for Elementary School Students
1. Backyard Scavenger Hunt
Let your students explore the outdoors—perhaps in their backyard or a neighborhood park—to see what they can find. How many squirrels will they see dashing by? Can they spot anything recyclable? Let them draw their favorite discoveries once they arrive back inside. Coloring the pictures on the worksheet is optional but encouraged!
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