Celebrate our fascinating planet with these Earth Day themed activity worksheets.

What is Earth Day? Do you know the name of the planet we live on? That's right! We live on the planet Earth, the third planet from the Sun. So, are you every aware that every year, there is an event to honor our beautiful planet? Let's find out what the day is all about and how it started! Each year on the 22nd of April, all of us celebrate a day that is meant to honor our dear planet, and it is referred to as Earth Day. As a matter of fact, it was first observed in 1970, when a movement was started by some people to bring the deteriorating situation of the Earth under everyone's notice. The idea of celebrating Earth Day was given by the bright, Senator Nelson, a junior senator from Wisconsin during the time when in 1969, there was a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. He presented the idea so as to give back plants and flowers to planet and minimize gas use to protect the environment. He wanted to make sure that even the students participated, so the chosen day became April 22nd, a weekday to ensure maximum participation by students. Since then, all of us celebrate Earth Day every year!

These worksheets contain a number of different activities using a dedicated set of vocabulary words related to the Earth Day celebration, including word search, fill in the blanks, scrambled words, word wall flash cards, acrostic poems, crossword puzzles, and more. The collection also includes six different packs of Bingo cards, which can be used during discussions of the topics. Last but not least, a KWHL (know, what, how, learn) diagram is included to help students pick a topic to explore in more depth. Note: Each short reading assignment has two answer worksheets, consisting of both multiple choice and short-answer segments. The instructor may choose which to use.

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The History Behind the Third Rock from the Sun

Where did the Earth come from? Scientists have some ideas about how it was formed. They believe that the planet was completely molten material when it started on the road to being a planet billions of years ago.

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Multiple Choice Questions

For the above "The History Behind the Third Rock from the Sun" reading passage.

What Is Global Warming?

Everyone knows that the temperature on Earth changes with the seasons and this is normal because the planet is tilted on its axis and it revolves around the sun.

What Is Global Warming? Multiple Choice Questions

Right now, what is happening to the temperature on earth?

What Is Global Warming? Short Answer Questions

The earth's temperature has changed many times over billions of years. What caused scientists to be concerned about global warming right now?

What Is the Greenhouse Effect?

Split apart the word "greenhouse" and you get two words: "green" and "house." No, we're not talking about a cottage somewhere that’s painted green on the outside; that's for fairy tales!

What Is the Greenhouse Effect? Multiple Choice Questions

Which of the following are examples of greenhouse gases? A basic scientific principle is that warm air in a room.

What Is the Greenhouse Effect? Short Answer Questions

What do you think would happen to it if there was an increased amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere?

The History of Earth Day

The very first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970 and concerned people consider this day to be the start of the environmental movement. Environmentalists are people who care about it and preserving a clean world for everyone to live in.

The History of Earth Day Short Answer Questions

Explain what an environmentalist is interested in.

The History of Earth Day Multiple Choice Questions

Before people were concerned about preserving the environment, industries polluted everything.

Even Kids Can Help the Earth!

The Earth has been around for millions of years, always changing. Volcanoes erupt and make new islands; the crust shifts and moves the continents around; or a major storm like a hurricane can change a landscape in just a few hours.

Even Kids Can Help! Multiple Choice Questions

What symbol gives you recycling information about a plastic container? What number inside the symbol means the container is recyclable?

Even Kids Can Help! Short Answer Questions

Write a paragraph about how carrying all the water you use would change how much water you consume. Look up the Dust Bowl that occurred in the United States in the 1930s. Write a short report about what caused the Dust Bowl.

Who Knew Mother Earth Has So Many Problems?

If you watch nature documentaries sometimes there will be a program about how the elephants in Africa can destroy their habitat. Humans are much smaller than the mighty elephants but we also destroy the environment and damage it in more ways than any other creature.

Who Knew Mother Earth Has So Many Problems? Multiple Choice Questions

Normal climate change means changes in temperature due lots of things.

Who Knew Mother Earth Has So Many Problems? Short Answer Questions

Do you think city planners should continue to allow urban sprawl or should they encourage high-rise buildings? Research how and why the South American rainforest is being destroyed. Write a short report to summarize your findings.

Recycling Can Help the Earth

You've probably heard the slogan "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" that reminds everyone to conserve the earth's natural resources. Reduce means to use less of the earth's natural resources.

Recycling Can Help Multiple Choice Questions

What can people do to reduce the amount of waste going to the landfills? You know that a plastic container can be recycled by looking at the number inside what symbol on the bottom of the container?

Recycling Can Help Short Answer Questions

Describe some of the places where you find containers for collecting items that can be recycled.

Solar Power: Using the Sun to Help the Earth

Does your pet cat or dog enjoy taking a nap in the sun coming through a window in your house? If you touch your pet's fur that's been in the sun, it is toasty warm. P

Solar Power: Using the Sun to Help Multiple Choice Questions

If you leave the windows closed, your car warms up inside if you park it in the sun. You see a house with solar collectors on the roof.

Solar Power: Using the Sun to Help Short Answer Questions

Some places on earth are better suited to use solar power than others. Sandy beaches get hot in the summer. Explain what kind of solar heating system this is.

Wind Power: How a Breeze Can Change Everything

The wind is a natural force of the Earth and humans have been harnessing the wind for thousands of years. One of the oldest applications of wind power is using sails on ships.

Wind Power: How a Breeze Can Change Everything Multiple Choice Questions

Modern windmills found on wind farms today are called turbines. Yeah, it's a spelling thing!

Wind Power: How a Breeze Can Change Everything Short Answer Questions

Wind farms occupy a lot of land and Americans are complaining that acres of wind turbines are unsightly. On the other hand, wind farms do not create any pollution. Pick one side of this debate and write an editorial defending your position.

Earth Day: Alphabetic Order

Arrange the words (pollution, equator, harmful, consume, extinction, oceans, wildlife, energy, recycle, drought ) in alphabetic order on the lines.

Visual Crossword

Some might be hard to figure out if you don't work off of the other words letters.

Missing Letters

Two of these are super hard, if you don't remind yourself the theme.

Earth Day Visual Addition

Add the BIG Ole' rocks.

Visual Subtraction

I thought the moon was cheese? I guess the Earth is to when taking pictures.

Earth Day Word Chop

Get your glue ready.

Word Scramble

Unscramble the letters of the vocabulary words.

Word Search

Sneaky, sneaky extinction.

Acrostic Poem

Make sense of the theme with this glorious poem template.

Oceans Poem

Behold! Land is in there!

Recycle Poem

Wouldn't that picture be a great invention?

We Have Clean Water - Why Doesn't Everyone?

At home, at school, in public restrooms – just about everywhere in the United States, turn on a faucet and clear water with no smell comes flowing out.

Multiple Choice Questions

About how many people in the world don’t have clean water? People in undeveloped countries don’t have clean water.

Short Answer Questions

Select a disease that can be spread through unclean drinking water. Write a short report that describes the symptoms of the disease and how it can be treated.

Bingo Card #1

oxygen, air, oceans, wildlife, conserve

Bingo Card #2

equator preserve drought renewable water

Bingo Card #3

consume recycle soil energy

Bingo Card #4

pollution extinction waste atmosphere rainforest

Bingo Card #5

litter clean habitat harmful environment

Bingo Card #6

This is the most mixed up of cards.


What I WANT to know HOW will I find information?


Help Earth get back to the proper orbit.

Word Wall

Twelve pages of pure magic here.