Earth Day Activities for High Schoolers

Instructor: Maria Airth

Maria has a Doctorate of Education and over 20 years of experience teaching psychology and math related courses at the university level.

High school students will be excited to participate in these fun warm-up activities related to Earth Day. The activities offered here are collaborative and active in nature.

Activities for Earth Day

Earth Day is an important concept to explore with students. You may think that it is hard to engage high school students in this very important discussion, but with a few motivating warm-up activities, you will get your students excited about Earth Day.

The activities offered here are designed as warm-up exercises for high school students. It is assumed that you will offer full instruction on Earth Day after piquing your students' interest with these quick and fun activities.

Off the Top of Your Head

Thinking fast is the key to this quick action game.

Materials

  • Small beach ball
    • A globe themed ball would be best
    • A small bean bag would work as well
  • An open space

Instructions

  • Have your students stand in a large group.
  • Explain that you will toss the ball into the air and whoever catches it will need to give one idea on how humans can help the Earth.
    • If your students avoid catching the ball, change the rules to 'whoever is touched by the ball' must answer.
  • Some ideas to get your students started are:
    • Plant more trees
    • Carpool more often
    • Recycle paper
  • Allow students to share silly or over the top ideas to encourage full participation. Things like:
    • Outlaw school books
    • Ban homework
  • After a student has caught the ball and given an idea, he or she must toss the ball into the air for another student to catch.
  • Keep a log of all the ideas offered so that you can use them to initiate a discussion with your class after the activity is finished.

Alternative

  • If you do not have access to an open space, this game can be played while students are seated in the classroom.

Wipe the Dirt off the Earth

Like 'Pin the Tail on the Donkey' this game requires a little bit of skill and a lot of luck.

Materials

  • Laminated poster pictures of the Earth (1 per group) or
  • Masking tape (preferably blue and/or green)
  • Whiteboard space
  • Whiteboard markers
  • Whiteboard erasers (1 per group)
  • Blindfold (1 per group)

Set-up

  • Tape your Earth posters to a wall or board
    • If you don't have laminated Earth posters, create a facsimile of the Earth using the masking tape on a whiteboard.
    • You will need one Earth for each group.

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