Earth Day Classroom Resources

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Earth Day

Earth Day, celebrated each year on April 22nd, supports environmental protection worldwide. Each year, over 192 countries celebrate Earth Day. Below, find resources from Discovery Education and PBSLearningMedia brought to you FREE by KET.

Education Matters

(PD) See how studying the environment helps students learn science and other academic content through engaging, cross-curricular, real-world experiences; and explore the resources available to Kentucky schools and teachers to help them establish successful environmental education programs. Join host Bill Goodman and his guests for "Environmental Education in Kentucky."

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The Dirt on Dirt

(Grades K-2) From Sid the Science Kid. Using this resource group, students learn about what materials make up dirt. Sid and his friends discover that dirt is really important to the Earth because it helps things grow, and it's also filled with tiny rocks, pieces of leaves, and even living things like bugs and worms! The resource group includes eight video segments, including a live action segment, as well as an associated activity.

Think Garden

(Grades 3-5) This engaging KET-produced video collection helps teach elementary students about the art and science of growing food, with an emphasis on biological and environmental concepts. It also addresses topics related to nutrition and economics.

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Mya and Miguel: Everyday is Earth Day

(Grades K-5) For a school Earth Day project, the kids decide to clean up an old lot and plant a community garden. But as the deadline approaches, a rainstorm hits, turning the patch of dirt into a muddy mess. How will Maya get her friends out of the muck this time? While Maya and her team work on the garden, Tito begins a community campaign to reduce the number of plastic bags used in stores.

Climate Change Challenge

(Grades 5-9) Climate Change Challenge helps middle school students understand the causes and effects of climate change on our environment.

City Farm

(Grades 5-10) In this interactive game from WGBH, players learn about sustainable practices by growing crops, protecting them against unforeseen problems, and determining how best to conserve resources.

From Ridge to Reef: Adapting to a Changing Climate

(Grades 9+) This interactive activity adapted from the Micronesia Conservation Trust examines the three primary ecosystems of Pacific high islands and atolls. These ecosystems—terrestrial, coastal, and reef—provide many services to island communities. However, they also face threats from both human activities and climate change. The interactive activity details the services and the threats. It also provides real-life examples of Pacific Island communities that are already experiencing changes and taking action. These actions, or adaptations, are designed to strengthen their ecosystems and the overall resilience of their island.

Our Environment: Local Solutions Video Project

(Grades K-12) In addition to our year-around invitation to share student-produced videos on all subjects at KET's School Video Project website, KET School Video Project — Our Environment: Local Solutions is an opportunity to integrate multimedia technology and media studies with science curriculum in a fun and meaningful spring project, along with a chance to win an iPad, educational apps, and accessories for making more great video projects!


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