Since its inception in 1970, Earth Day has been celebrated annually on April 22. Although ideally everyday should be Earth Day, the annual holiday presents the perfect opportunity to learn more about ecology and the environment.
DLTK has a nice collection of Earth Day crafts and activities, starting with an article that explains the origins of Earth Day. "Earth Day began on April 22, 1970 and has been an important day ever since. It's a day to reflect on our planet, our environment and what we can do to help keep them healthy." It includes coloring pages, puzzles, poems, songs, printables, worksheets and (of course) crafts.
EcoKids is Canada's environmental youth education program, and even though site membership is restricted to Canadian youth groups, there's oodles of material for non-members. My favorite section is Play and Learn, with activities, slide shows, quizzes, games and PDF printables in topics such as the environment, science, nature, wildlife and energy. For example, did you know that every year thousands of frogs get squashed crossing roads to reach seasonal habitats? You can help by finding frog habitats that span busy roads and educating local drivers about the issue.
Clinton Hill succumbed to cancer at age eleven, but before he died he channeled his passion for the environment into a kids' club dedicated to saving planet Earth. Now, his mother runs the organization, which provides free online information and low-cost classroom materials through the mail. Best clicks are the activities found in the Action Programs, such as creating an event for International Migratory Bird Day on May 2 or having a used book sale to support Reading for the Earth month. When is Reading for the Earth month? Any month you choose!
"Can scientists predict the global impacts of increased levels of pollutants in the atmosphere? Will the planet warm because increased levels of greenhouse gases, produced by the burning of fossil fuels, trap heat and prevent it from being radiated back into space? Will the polar ice caps melt, causing massive coastal flooding? Have humans initiated wholesale climatic change?" NASA studies the earth, not just outer space, and has created this earth science site for kids and their teachers and filled it to the brim with information, lesson plans and games.
"Keeping the park clean helps the environment. Let's recycle the litter. Because if we recycle we can use old things to make new things!" With seventeen online Earth Day games for elementary school kids, PBS Kids is sure to bring a smile to your face. As you mouse over each game icon, you will see the PBS character, such as Arthur or Curious George, that is featured in the game. Related game topics (linked to in the bottom, right-hand corner) include dinosaur games, nature games and environmental games.
Since its inception in 1970, Earth Day has been celebrated annually on April 22. Although ideally everyday should be Earth Day, the annual holiday presents the perfect opportunity to learn more about ecology and the environment.\n