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Earth Day

  • Earth Days: The First Earth Day
    Grades 6-12+

    Take students back in time to April 22, 1970, when the first nationwide Earth Day demonstrations were held, with archival footage from American Experience.
  • A Brief History of the First Earth Day
    Grades 6-12+

    Did you know that an estimated 20 million Americans participated in the first Earth Day in 1970? In this KQED "Lowdown" lesson, students analyze the history of Earth Day and examine how political and public support for the observance has changed over time.
  • Gratitude and the Environment
    Grades 5-8

    Expressions of gratitude aren't only for Thanksgiving! Feelings of gratitude should be expressed throughout the year — including on Earth Day.
  • 5 Human Impacts on the Environment
    Grades 6-12

    How do the choices we make every day affect the environment? Crash Course explores how our lifestyles are stressing ecosystems all over the world — and why protecting these systems is vital.
  • The Environment and Recycling
    Grades PreK-2

    Share this classic full episode of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" with your class as Mister Rogers discusses how recycling helps clean up the environment!
  • Flipside Science: Fresh Solutions
    Grades 6-10

    How can we grow more crop per drop? How do we provide the world's growing population with enough water to drink? Explore these and other questions this Earth Day with your class with the "Flips!de Science" video lesson collection!
  • Ruff Ruffman: The Green Edition
    Grades 2-5

    Can media and technology help the environment? YES! says Ruff Ruffman. Find out how to use less gas while running errands, how to select the best tree to plant for environment, and more with advice from the Humble Media Genius.
  • Plum Landing Collection
    Grades 1-4

    Introduce young learners to key issues involving the environment with this Plum Landing collection, including how ecosystems work and where our water comes from.
  • Article: Leaning Up
    Grades PreK-K

    Cleaning isn't all that fun. But if you put some playfulness into it, you might find children become more welcome partners! Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood shows us how.
  • Using the 3Rs to Help the Environment
    Grades 5-8

    How can we change the way we buy and use things to better protect Earth? In this lesson, students learn about different ways we can reduce the amount of waste we create.
  • Art and the Environment
    Grades K-12

    Use this KQED Arts collection to integrate the arts into eco-literacy, while teaching students about the different ways artists address environmental issues through their art practice!
  • Celebrate Earth Day
    Grades 5-12

    Inspire students to preserve the health of our planet and its inhabitants wit this collection of videos, articles, and lesson plans from KQED's "The Lowdown"!

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