24 Earth Day Activities, Resources, Web Sites, & Apps

“The environment is where we all meet; where all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share.”- Lady Bird Johnson

Earth Day is April 22nd and serves as an important reminder of how each of us needs to do our part to care for the planet we call home. Teachers can help their students begin to care about their impact on the environment and take action to minimize their impact on the Earth by making them aware of environmental issues. Technology is a fantastic way to get students to travel around the world and view the devastation of the Rainforest or get students to research the changing climate over time. With apps and web tools, students can take virtual field trips or immerse themselves in nature using virtual reality. Students can use web tools and apps to conduct research on environmental issues then come up with solutions on how to protect the environment. They can share their ideas on social media to make people worldwide more aware and encourage people to make small and big changes to preserve resources and reduce waste. Below discover activities, resources, websites, mobile apps, and more to get your students to play an active role in caring for the Earth.

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  • Twitter currently is running a campaign for Tweeters to share how they would #SaveTheEarthIn4Words.
  • Play Games!
    • Planet Pals has coloring pages, interactive games, online puzzles, articles, journals, crafts, stories, virtual cards and more!
    • Primary Games has several online games for students to learn about Earth Day
    • The BBC’s Barnaby Bear teaches kids how to recyle with this online game
    • Starfall has a listening activity and interactive games for very young learners
  • Lessons, Projects & Classroom Resources
  • Get them to reflect on their impact!
  • Visit a guest expert physically or virtually!
  • Learn about the environment through virtual field trips!
    • Discovery has several virtual field trips for students
    • The UPM Forest Life lets learners explore a forest virtually
  • Take a virtual reality field trip with Google Cardboard!
    • The Google Cardboard app for iOS and Android has different virtual reality adventures to explore nature and the world​​​
    • The NY Times has two virtual reality nature and environment experiences
    • Teachers can sign up for Google Expeditions and take their students on virtual reality field trips around the world
  • Create posters to save the earth with SmoreCanvaEduBunceeTackkBiteslides, and Glogster.
  • Create an Earth Day PSA (Public Service Announcement)!  Find video resources here!
  • Host a student film viewing party!
  • Share environmental issues for a specific region with the Tellagami app

Challenge: Try one of these activities to encourage students to improve their carbon footprint and take better care of the Earth.

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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell (@ShellTerrell) is an award winning digital innovator, an international speaker/consultant, and the author of Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught English language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like the US Embassy, UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Inglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, ISTEK Turkey, and Venezuela TESOL. She has been recognized by several organizations and publications as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Two of the projects she co-organized were shortlisted for ELTons, #ELTChat and the Virtual Round Table Language and Technology online conference. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and named as one of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning. Her greatest joy is being the mother of baby Savannah and Rosco the pug. Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via Twitter (@ShellTerrell), Facebook.com/ShellyTerrell, and on her blog, TeacherRebootCamp.com, which has won several awards and recognitions as one of the top ESL, Edtech and Elearning blogs. Find over 400 of her slide presentations at https://www.slideshare.net/ShellTerrell/presentations

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