Second Grade Nest: Earth Day in the Primary Classroom

Friday, March 25, 2016

Earth Day in the Primary Classroom

Earth Day is coming up in a few weeks. Teaching kiddos the value of helping our Earth will certainly benefit the students and you! The perfect thing about Earth Day is that you can incorporate all subjects into your teaching. Art, science, reading, math, and social studies can all be covered with this holiday. 

Earth Day Educational Activities for the primary classroom:  reading, hands-on crafts, writing, and science activities for students to learn more about Earth Day



Science Activities:  
Earth Day Educational Activities for the primary classroom:  reading, hands-on crafts, writing, and science activities for students to learn more about Earth Day
My kids enjoyed these bird feeders so much. While they're not 100% focused on Earth Day, they are a great activity to incorporate into Earth Day week's lessons. Check out my blog post on 4H helping my students making bird feeders.

Earth Day Educational Activities for the primary classroom:  reading, hands-on crafts, writing, and science activities for students to learn more about Earth Day
(Source: Meet the Dubiens)
I love the hands-on learning activity that teaches students about our Earth. While working with this activity, the students could be learning about each layer of the Earth, and then focus on the Earth's surface and the importance of keeping it clean and safe.

Earth Day Educational Activities for the primary classroom:  reading, hands-on crafts, writing, and science activities for students to learn more about Earth Day
(Source: Brain Pop Jr.)
Brain Pop Jr. is my go-to for all things teaching. Students always love Moby and Annie and it teaches students in a way that is kid-friendly and  interesting. The Earth Day video is great to introduce Earth Day to the students.

Earth Day Educational Activities for the primary classroom:  reading, hands-on crafts, writing, and science activities for students to learn more about Earth Day
(Source: Teach-a-Roo)
This send-home bag is genius from Teach-a-Roo. I love the idea of sending it home for students to teach their parents at home. This is a great school-to-home connection. 

Earth Day Educational Activities for the primary classroom:  reading, hands-on crafts, writing, and science activities for students to learn more about Earth Day
I love this idea of starting this science experiment in January or February (if you can find thawed land) and checked back in April. If you're in a colder area of the country, try beginning on March and checking on it during your Earth Day unit.




Reading Activities: 
Earth Day Educational Activities for the primary classroom: reading, hands-on crafts, writing, and science activities for students to learn more about Earth Day
These differentiated reading passages are made to  reach all of your readers. Each theme comes with a fictional and nonfiction passage. Struggling readers and advanced readers can learn about Earth Day at their own reading level. This is part of a larger Spring themed reading passages pack.

Earth Day Educational Activities for the primary classroom:  reading, hands-on crafts, writing, and science activities for students to learn more about Earth Day
Stocking up at the local library to have Earth Day books in the classroom is a great idea. Reading one of these read alouds a day, and then putting the rest in a reading centers is great exposure for your primary students.

Earth Day Educational Activities for the primary classroom:  reading, hands-on crafts, writing, and science activities for students to learn more about Earth Day
My paired passages have a fiction and nonfiction passage on 5 different topics. Earth Day is covered in this pack. You can choose to print and go or do it in students' interactive notebooks.

Earth Day Educational Activities for the primary classroom:  reading, hands-on crafts, writing, and science activities for students to learn more about Earth Day
This covers reading, comprehension, and writing! And it makes for a great wall display.

Also check out my Earth Day Centers



Crafty Projects: 

Earth Day Educational Activities for the primary classroom:  reading, hands-on crafts, writing, and science activities for students to learn more about Earth DayEarth Day Educational Activities for the primary classroom:  reading, hands-on crafts, writing, and science activities for students to learn more about Earth Day
This blog post is rocking! It's filled with wonderful crafty Earth Day ideas. I am really loving the newspaper craft because it teaches the reuse idea while doing arts and crafts! 

 (Source: TPT Writing Pack)


Thanks for reading! Hope you got a few ideas for your Earth Day lessons!

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