Earth Day Resources

Earth Days: The First Earth Day

Demonstrations and more during the First Earth Day, observed April 22, 1970. Video from American Experience: “Earth Days.”(Grades 6-13)

Take students back in time to April 22, 1970, when the first nationwide Earth Day demonstrations were held, with archival footage from American Experience. (Grades: 6-13)

The Lowdown | A Brief History of the First Earth Day and What We Can Learn From Its Success Lesson Plan

Earth Day grew out of the environmental movement in the late 1960s in response to a series of environmental disasters that took lives, marred natural beauty and threatened animal species. An estimated 20 million Americans participated in the first Earth Day – April 22, 1970 – which consisted of a series of local events designed to raise awareness of pressing environmental concerns. Today, the environmental movement is experiencing a strong resurgence amid fears of climate change, rising sea levels and carbon emissions. Yet the issue has grown far more partisan and divisive than it was when Earth Day first began. In this Lowdown lesson, students will analyze the origins and history of Earth Day, as well as evaluate how political and public support for Earth Day has changed over time.(Grades 6-12)

This video is part of our Celebrate Earth Day collection that explores the history of the environmental justice movement, the racial implications of pollution and waste disposal, and the role of new technology in the conservation efforts.  

Gratitude and the Environment

In this lesson, students discuss the meaning of gratitude and write their personal expressions of gratitude. Students then explore the connection between gratitude and a concern for the environment. (Grades 5-8)

This resource is part of the Transformative Teachers collection.


5 Human Impacts on the Environment | Crash Course Ecology

Hank gives the run down on the top five ways humans are negatively impacting the environment and having detrimental effects on the valuable ecosystem services which a healthy biosphere provides. (Grades 6-12)

To find more videos from Crash Course, visit our collection page.

The Environment and Recycling | Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

This episode talks about taking care of things and how recycling can help clean up the environment. A visit to the local recycling plant explores how certain types of trash can be reused to make new materials, and the Neighborhood of Make-Believe deals with a growing garbage problem.

Share this classic full episode of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" with your class as Mister Rogers discusses how recycling helps clean up the environment! (Grades: PreK-2) 

Fresh Solutions

How can we grow more crop per drop? How do we provide the world's growing population with enough water to drink? Explore these and other questions this Earth Day with your class with the "Flipside Science" video lesson collection! (Grades: 6-10) 

RUFF RUFFMAN: Ask Ruff: The Green Edition

Hear advice from the much-loved character Ruff Ruffman on how to use media and technology to help the environment, in this animated video from RUFF RUFFMAN: HUMBLE MEDIA GENIUS. With his uniquely comical style, Ruff helps guide students in responsibly navigating this twenty-first century skill. This resource is part of the RUFF RUFFMAN: HUMBLE MEDIA GENIUS Collection. Digital classroom resources for Grades 2-5.

Classroom Activities

Introduce young learners to key issues involving the environment with this Plum Landing collection, including how ecosystems work and where our water comes from. (Grades: 1-4) 

Article: Cleaning Up | Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

Cleaning routines are rarely fun, but in this article from the Fred Rogers Company, learn how to put some playfulness into cleaning and help children become more welcome partners in clean-up time.

Using the 3Rs to Help the Environment

In this blended lesson supporting literacy skills, students watch videos that focus on our environment and the ways individuals and businesses can reduce the amount of trash they create and the natural resources they use. Students develop their literacy skills as they explore a science focus on managing waste and natural resources. During this process, they read informational text, learn and practice vocabulary words, and explore content through videos and interactive activities. When they are finished, students select and complete a writing assignment offline.This resource is part of the Inspiring Middle School Literacy Collection.(Grades 5-8)

Art and the Environment

Use this KQED Arts collection to integrate the arts into eco-literacy, while teaching students about the different ways artists address environmental issues through their art practice! (Grades: K-12)

Celebrate Earth Day

Bring environmental justice and awareness into your classroom this Earth Day with these videos, articles, and lesson plans. Explore the history of the environmental justice movement, the racial implications of pollution and waste disposal, and the role of new technologies in conservation efforts. Use these resources to inspire students to preserve the health of our planet and its inhabitants.(Grades 6-12)

Ohio Technology Standards Resources

Ohio Technology Standards Resources

Facial recognition is creeping more and more into our daily lives. Facebook and Google use it for autotagging photos. Snapchat uses it to create hilarious filters. And Apple’s new iPhone will allow you to use your face to unlock your phone. But this same technology can be used by governments and companies to learn as much as they can about you. Find out how facial recognition technology works in the newest Above the Noise video.

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