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Earth Day Curriculum Resources, Grades 9-12

Earth Day is April 22

Found in: Science, 9-12

Explore new and review familiar ways to live responsibly with these lessons, projects, activities, and games for grades 9-12.

Lesson Plans

Build a Pizza Box Solar Oven
Students in grades K-12 make a simple solar oven using a pizza box that gets hot enough to warm up cookies and other treats, like s'mores.

Building the Basic PVC Wind Turbine
Students in grades 5-12 make a rugged and inexpensive classroom wind turbine that can be used for lab bench-based blade design experiments. A few specialized parts are needed (a hub and DC motor), but most of the components can be found at hardware stores.

Reduce, Reuse, and Create Art!
Students in grades 9-12 create their own art project out of recycled materials.

Life, Death, Dirt and Walt Whitman ( PDF, 145 KB, 8 pgs.)
Students in grades 9-12 use Walt Whitman’s poem “This Compost” as a literary lens to discuss the rebirth of organic materials through composting.

An Exploration of Wind Energy & Wind Turbines
In this unit, students in grades 9-12 work in teams to design, test, and analyze components of a wind turbine: blade length, blade shape, height of turbine, etc. Student worksheets are included to facilitate the design and analysis process. The unit includes a pre and posttest on wind power.

Endangered Ecosystems K-12 students study animals that live in endangered ecosystems in the tropical forests of Mexico and Costa Rica and the wetlands of Brazil.

Lesson Units.

Monterey Bay Aquarium
Lessons for PreK-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12 cover marine life, ocean environments, and plastic pollution.

Lesson Plans, Teacher Guides and Online Resources for Educators
An array of environmental and science based lesson plans, activities and ideas for K-12.

Websites & Portals

Resources for Students and Educators

Science Education provides access to federal science agencies’ science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education content, supporting cyber-learning and open participation.

Games & Activities

Top 10 Earth Day Activities
10 activities for grades K-12.




Earth Day History
For grades K-12 there are13 brief Earth Day related videos, charting the green movement since the first Earth Day in 1970.

last updated: February 25, 2020



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