Earth Day Activities

Teacher Guide by Anna Warfield

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Earth Day is a day for appreciating our planet, and reminding ourselves of good habits. Use less energy, produce less waste, and help restore dwindling species of plants and animals alike. How are you going to save the planet?

Issues like climate change, the consumption of fossil fuels, industrial pollution, littering, endangered animals, and so on, affect future generations. Students need to know what environmental problems there are so they, as an upcoming generation, can take steps to solve those problems.

By the end of this lesson your students will create amazing storyboards like the ones below!

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Celebrate Earth Day

There are many ways that people can celebrate Earth Day. Some people might take a little time to enjoy the outdoors, and some people will make a conscious effort to conserve energy or clean up litter. However we celebrate Earth Day, it is important to remember the health and beauty of our planet.

Have students brainstorm ideas about how to celebrate Earth Day. For younger students, brainstorm in groups or as a class, but older students can likely come up with several ideas on their own. On a spider map, students will depict different scenarios or actions that shows positive ways to celebrate Earth Day. The most important part of this activity is to get students thinking about the importance behind Earth Day and what they can do!

Earth Day Comic - Help the Environment

Use a comic strip to show an interaction about the environment. Perhaps there is a super-villain who is cutting down all the rain forests for condominiums and a hero needs to step in and save the day. Perhaps the comic is a realistic one, like the example below, to show what people in the community can do to improve their immediate environment. Use the writing process to produce an amazing comic!

Use speech and thought bubbles to show dialogue and internal thoughts. Crop characters and scenes to do closeups for emphasis or to vary the presentation of characters.

Cool Earth Facts

Earth is a pretty neat-o place. Not only is it our home and home to millions of species of animals and plants, but Earth also has so many cool things to learn about! Pair an activity with your science class to find new and interesting facts at your students’ level. Students can research using classroom materials, the internet, books at the library, or from an in-class lesson associated with your current science or social studies unit!

Short facts can be written in the title boxes, but for facts in complete sentences, make sure to use the description box option. Have students depict facts literally, or give them some freedom to use their creativity to show a fact abstractly or figuratively. Have FUN!

The example shows a Frayer Model layout that can only have exactly four facts. The traditional and spider map layouts are also great choices for facts, especially if you want to have another number of facts.

Save the Planet! Pollution PSA

Pollution is still a big problem for Mother Earth. Since the world is a large place, a single person cannot magically make pollution a thing only of the past. Public service announcements, commercials, or posters can serve as educators and reminders for us all.

Have students create a storyboard for a commercial with dialogue or voice-over, a single celled poster with a call to action, or a series of images with a powerful narrative. The example does not use words, but this could be an excellent persuasive writing activity.

See our article on writing public service announcements for some more ideas!

Other Ideas for Earth Day Activities on Storyboard That

  1. Make a storyboard showing "How to Recycle".
  2. Write a comic starring Mother Earth.
  3. Create a graphic organizer that explains why Earth Day started.
  4. Illustrate word problems using environmental issues or Earth facts.
  5. Show the causes and/or effects of natural and man-made disasters on a T-Chart.
  6. Create a collage of polluted areas and/or pristine areas with Photos For Class.

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