Our planet is beautiful—from land to sea! Wondering about the importance of water to our world, what issues our planet is facing, or how we can help? DE has pulled together engaging lessons, videos, and activities to show students the wonders of our planet.
Start the journey for students in grades PK-5 with DE’s Earth to Luna: So Much Water, Fishtronaut: The Case of the Underwater Desert, and Fishtronaut: A Case of the Missing River videos to learn where our water comes from and how to protect the creatures that live in it. Next, let students in grades 3-5 dive into the different climates and weather conditions around the world with DEmystified: Climate and consider how human choices affect the environment as they explore Minecraft’s Sustainability City.
Take the journey to the next level for students in grades 6-12 by exploring real-world environmental issues. With videos on greenhouse gases (The Greenhouse Effect and SF6 greenhouse gas), experiences of living in a California drought with When a Town Runs Dry, or stories of how commercial farming impacts life in the Gamo Highlands of Africa with A Thousand Suns, students can explore the various environments that exist around our planet!
Make Mindful Choices
Next, take a peek at the solutions scientists are creating for plastics! Watch The Recycling Process video to discover how plastic bottles, cardboard boxes, and aluminum cans can be transformed into something new, then step into a science lab in this Elements video to learn about a new “super enzyme” that can break down plastic materials faster than before.
Check out DE’s Earth Day Collection to find on-demand events and resources for students of all grade levels!
Grow students’ understanding of trees with real-world stories! For students in grades PK-2, read the story of Jadav “Molai” Payeng in The Boy Who Grew a Forest from Vooks, and completing the activity sheet about the story after reading. Students in grades PK-8 can explore stories of real students’ actions in We Are One, and students in grades 3-12 can see the impact newly planted trees are having in cities around the world with a new article from Newsy!
Global Clean Up
Introduce the difference between renewable and nonrenewable resources, and ways to protect these resources with videos from DEmystified, then take the resource research even further with Elements videos on clean water and trash!
Earth Day is on April 22 each year, but with engaging content from Discovery Education, you can elevate your students’ understanding of the Earth any time of the year!