Today I am linking up with my friend Meghan Harris from Keeping Up With Mrs. Harris to bring you ideas for Earth Day in the Classroom. Keep reading to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card.
Here are 6 ways to celebrate Earth Day in the classroom.
3. Conduct a science experiment - Use this runoff experiment to teach students about littering. Download the Lab Guide for this runoff experiment.
5. Perform community service in the school - One of the easiest ways to do this is to have students clean up the school grounds. Gather some plastic gloves, a few trash bags, and some hand sanitizer and head out to recess a few minutes early. (I always let my administration know ahead of time so they would know why we went outside early.) Once the students have helped clean, give a little hand sanitizer and send them off to play. I am always amazed at the students who continue to ask to spend the first few minutes cleaning up the playground.
6. Play A Game - Make 4 Corners into a science game. As students play, tell reasons why a population might die off. Take owls for example.
- In the first round the ones not in the corner are living in areas that are being cleared for new houses.
- In the next, there is a pollutant being ingested by the mice they eat.
- For the third round, the water the owls drink is polluted.
- In the following, an owl accidentally consumes litter.
When you are finished have the students write a reflection on the game. What did they learn? How could they help protect the owl population? What other factors could cause the owl population to decrease? You can do another round for animals in other habitats.
Want more ideas? Hop on over to this post by Keeping Up with Mrs. Harris.
You can also have your whole Earth Day planned for you with this Earth Day Craftivity.