It’s time to celebrate Earth Day – April 22nd! This is a great time to appreciate nature and think about how we can work to make the Earth a cleaner, greener place.

Earth Day Gift

Lesson Type(s) Grade(s) Description
Language Arts. Service, Social Studies, Holiday K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th

Learn about the COVID-19 impacts on the earth and make a plan to help the Earth.

Activity Prep Materials GGC Heart Badges
None.

Internet access, Blank paper, Markers/Crayons

Environment


INTRODUCE

  • EXPLAIN: The Earth is a beautiful place, and it’s our home. That’s why we celebrate it every year on April 22nd, Earth Day.
  • WATCH: PBS Kids Earth Day: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuhpygdNmcQ
  • EXPLAIN: It’s always a good time to celebrate our earth, but now is a better time than ever. With COVID-19, you probably have more time to get out, take walks and enjoy nature than ever.
  • DISCUSS:
    • What have you and your family done to get outside and appreciate nature?
    • What have you taken more time to notice about the earth or nature – or noticed for the first time – when you are outside?
  • EXPLAIN: COVID-19 has actually changed the way we behave, and so has changed the way we treat our earth, some good and some bad.

EXPLORE

  • INSTRUCT: With an adult’s help if needed:
    1. Go online and see some of the positive earth impacts of COVID-19.
    2. Write or draw a list of the impacts.
    3. Indicate what is good and what is bad.
  • DISCUSS:
    • What is one of the positive impacts?
    • What is one of the negative things happening that you want to change?
  • INSTRUCT:
    1. Choose a positive impact you want to continue or a negative impact you want to change.
    2. Draw or write a plan for how to keep it going/change it once the COVID-19 crisis is over and life returns back to normal.
  • DISCUSS: What is one way you can make your plan into a reality, even in a very small way, by changing your own behavior or that of the people around you?
  • INSTRUCT: Work to make that change as your gift to the Earth for Earth Day.

CONNECT

  • DISCUSS: How can you get the word out about Earth Day when you’re stuck at home?
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