Earth Day Lesson Plan for Elementary School Students

Purpose: Demonstrate through a poster project individual actions to promote Earth day and green living.


Paper – use recycled or reused paper for even greater impact


Read to the class the following short story about Earth Day:

The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970. Students from all across the country learned about the environment and how they can help improve it. Every year since then, more and more Americans celebrate this important and unique day.

Earth Day is about finding ways that each of us can change our habits to help the earth. We can do things to improve the air like driving less, planting trees, and using less electricity. We can help our water supply by turning off the faucet while brushing our teeth, planting drought tolerant plants, and only running the dishwasher when it is full. We can save our natural resources by using efficient light bulbs (called CFL’s), using the air conditioner less, and turning off lights when we leave the room.

Each of us can do things every day that help the Earth and promote green living. Earth Day is celebrated each year to remind us to take care of our planet.

The Activity:

Each student takes a piece of paper and crayons to design and draw a poster that shows an action that promotes Green Living, along with a caption. Examples would be showing someone walking with the caption “Walk don’t Drive”, or showing a light switch being turned off with the caption “Turn off the lights when you leave a room”. At the bottom or top write “Earth Day, April 22”.

Show off the students work by posting the posters in a visible location.

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