Earth Day is this upcoming Saturday and schools around the world are geared up to participate. From recycling projects to collaborative creations, every classroom can do a little bit to show their part. We took a look at some fun and creative Earth Day projects that you can do with your students.
What is Earth Day in a nutshell?
Earth Day is an annual event, held every April 22nd. Since it was founded 1970, over 193 countries have began celebrating the day by holding demonstrations, educational sit-ins, environmentally-friendly campaigns, and awareness projects.
How can my class participate in Earth Day?
Recycle, reduce, reuse
Many of us remember the long-lived slogan of cleaner, greener initiatives around the 70s. In fact, the catchphrase has revived itself in environmental campaigns throughout the consecutive decades. This week leading up to Earth Day, teachers worldwide can explain what “recycle, reduce, reuse” actually means and how it can impact the Earth. For a bit of creative fun, have your students bring in recyclable materials and make a fun upcycle project. Projects for smaller students, like newspaper or magazine flowers are simple and engaging, and materials are generally easy to come by. Older children can make their own recycled paper with similar materials. Students can share what they’ve learned about the “3 R’s” with friends and family to promote greener living.
Collaborate with other students around the world
People living in different parts of the world have their own, unique ways of giving back to the planet. Teachers can connect with a class in a different country in order to collaborate on a creative project. For example, students can create an online quilt gallery showing how they would contribute to a cleaner, healthier earth. Each student could either use a digital art tool to create their square of the quilt, or design it physically with whatever art materials they choose. Students would then submit their parts to a digital gallery or platform, such as Creatubbles. They could also include a description. Students can then interact with each other, ask questions and give encouraging feedback. How many students (in different countries) will contribute to your class’ quilt include?
Make your own “ask me about Earth Day” wearable buttons
They say, “knowing is half the battle.” And, they are quite right. Teachers should ask their classes about Earth Day, why it is important and the ways in which your students can (and will) participate in helping the Earth. Then have your students design their own “ask me about Earth Day” buttons to wear on their shirts. A cheaper button maker runs around $50. If your school does not have the budget for the machine, your class can make, “ask me about Earth Day” stickers instead. An A4 sheet of sticker paper should cost around $5. Students can even make extra stickers to pass around to people who they have explained Earth Day to.
If you want to take it digital, your students can create “ask me about Earth Day” trading cards to upload to their digital galleries. Then, they can trade them with students worldwide.
Plant your own seeds
Many of us remember planting seeds in cups as a kid. Veggies like lettuce, carrots and spinach are easy to start growing right on your classroom’s windowsill. Students can learn all about their plant’s anatomy and photosynthesis. Since Earth Day can be celebrated everyday, ask your school for permission to plant your students seedlings on the school grounds when the time is right. It will be the students’ responsibilities to care for the plants and help them to grow. If your school’s garden is large enough, donate the veggies to the class’ favorite charity.
Pick up the trash
This is an interesting activity for older students to celebrate Earth Day. Ask your class to collect a couple of days worth of non-perishable trash from their home. Once enough trash is gathered, have your students make papier mache sculptures of animals they think are most affected by litter. Once the animals are created, have your students glue their collected trash to the outside of their sculptures. This is representative of what litter does to the Earth. Your class can collectively make one big sculpture or their own individual ones. Teachers can also involve other classes and schools in this project in order to further promote awareness.
Have any inspiring Earth Day projects that you’ve done with your students? Be sure to create your own special Creatubbles galleries to inspire other classrooms around the world.
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