Kid-friendly games, videos and crafts to learn more about Earth Day!
April 14, 2021
Earth Day is celebrated on April 22 each year, but what is Earth Day? Where is he from? In what ways can we take care of the Earth?
With the children in your life, learn about Earth Day with these educational resources.
We only have one Earth, and we should celebrate it! Earth Day is a time to cherish our planet and recognize how to protect it. Learn more about the event with this short video. Recommended for K-5 classes.
Start observing nature with this easy craft, creating a temporary “hotel” for earthworms in a container filled with soil. This craft is a great way to start a conversation about the types of living things that depend on our Earth and why we should take care of it. Recommended for PreK-5 classes.
In this interactive lesson found on PBS Learning Media, identify and evaluate solutions to reduce human impacts on the environment and biodiversity. Find out how various types of data and information can be brought together to create a biodiversity timeline that serves as evidence of changes in a population of a species. Recommended for levels 9-12.
Take off with Jet and his friends and create a water filter! In this Ready for the Jet Go! activity, use a pitcher of water, a flour sifter, pebbles and some other household materials for a filter that cleans the debris from the water. Recommended for PreK-3 classes.
From warming trout streams to decreasing ice cover, from lower lake levels to extreme heat, Wisconsin climate tells stories about our rapidly changing climate. This online educational multimedia resource from Education PBS Wisconsin offers 10 videos and one interactive, as well as in-depth essays and educational tips. Wisconsin climate connects stories of personal observations and experiences to current research on climate change. Recommended for grades 6-12.
Play this online video game set in and around the Wisconsin State Capitol and become a “history sleuth”. Use critical thinking and historical research to help Jo Wilder solve two mysteries in history, including discovering an Earth Day artifact. Also meet fun and interesting characters while you play! Recommended for levels 3-5.
When we use reusable bags, we make less plastic and paper waste which can be harmful to nature. In this activity of PBS KIDS ‘ Natural Cat, make a reusable cloth bag to take on your next shopping spree and use it to collect treasures on your next outdoor adventure! Recommended for grades 4-8.
Compare the seasonal weather between two locations in the United States with this interactive lesson from PBS Learning Media. Interpret temperature and precipitation data maps and collect and record data for both locations to find patterns and make comparisons. Recommended for levels 3-5.
The book “Seventh Generation Earth Ethics” explains how the indigenous peoples of Wisconsin worked for sustainability and environmental protection using this collection of biographies, one from each of the First Nations of Wisconsin. Each story shares traditional ecological values and cultural sensitivities. Recommended for caregivers and educators.
A book found on First Nations of Wisconsin, “The Water Walker” tells the story of Joséphine Mandamin, an Ojibwa grandmother who loves nibi (water) – the giver of life. Learn how she travels all of the Great Lakes to raise awareness of our need to protect nibi and our planet for future generations. Recommended for K-3 classes.
A Education PBS Wisconsin Resource, Biographies of Wisconsin is a collection of free online educational media resources that use stories from famous people in Wisconsin history to uncover our past and understand our present. The material includes short animations, level books, image galleries, interactive elements and more! Three stories from the collection present the themes of Earth Day: Chief Oshkosh: a leader in times of unrest, Gaylord Nelson: A Vision for Earth and Milly Zantow: Revolutionary in recycling. Recommended for levels 3-8.