Earth Day

From EarthDay.Org

Resource type: Event

Price band: Free

Key stage: KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5

Region(s): All of UK

Earth Day is celebrated annually on April 22nd to raise awareness of the environmental issues facing our planet and to encourage individuals, schools, businesses and governments around the world to take action to protect the world we live in. The theme for Earth Day 2024 is ‘Planet vs Plastics’.

The EarthDay website has a range of resources on its website that can be used in schools, including:

  • Lesson plans and toolkits on a range of environmental topics.
  • Earth Day Action Menus with suggestions for events and activities that everyone can get involved in to help drive change.
  • Information, advice and templates to help students interested in advocating for change in their community.
  • Online quizzes on key environmental themes.
  • A timeline of Environmental History.
  • A Global Earth Challenge mobile app that enables members of the public to become Citizen Scientists by reporting their observations and contributing to environmental data sets.

Schools can also sign up as an Earth Day School to connect to a global network of educators and access further, exclusive resources.

Cost: Free.

About EarthDay.Org: EarthDay.Org grew out of the first Earth Day in 1970. Its mission is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide. It creates and runs programmes with more than 150,000 partners in over 192 countries to tackle environmental challenges and drive positive action for the planet.

Further resources:

  • Explore the 2024 Earth Day resources from the National Literacy Trust. There is a booklist and  teaching resources for pupils in KS1-KS3 with activities to promote writing and speaking and listening. Available with free NLT membership.
  • Discover Usborne’s Quicklinks to carefully selected websites with tips on how you and your pupils can help wildlife and planet Earth.
  • Ensure your pupils can keep up to date with climate change issues by taking out a school subscription to a junior newspaper or nature magazine. Find a selection here.
  • Topical Talk provides free resources to encourage and stimulate discussion about current affairs and the news. Find a selection of their climate-related resources here.
  • Register for Build the Change Tuesday, a free, weekly sustainability news worksheet from The Day and the LEGO Group that provides a news story and ready-to-go activities to prompt classroom debate and inspire young people aged 8-13 to create innovative solutions to the problems affecting our planet.
  • Talk for Writing have a selection of English booklets with an environmental theme available for free.
  • Find themed booklists featuring climate fiction and facts for pupils of all ages from Scottish Book Trust.
  • Book recommendation site Books for Topics have an Awesome Planet Earth booklist as well as recommendations to cover plastic pollution and environmental sustainability for primary pupils.
  • The Climate Fiction Writers League is a group of writers from around the world whose work aims to raise awareness of climate change. Their books include pictures books, middle grade and young adult fiction. You can find them here.
  • Find recordings of authors Vashti Hardy, Gill Lewis and Hannah Gold talking about their environmentally-themed books in the ReadingZone Bookclub archive.
  • Explore the different resources available from The Regenerators initiative from BBC Bitesize.

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