Earth Day Discussion Questions

Instructor: Grace Pisano

Grace has a bachelor's degree in history and a master's degree in teaching. She previously taught high school in several states around the country.

Each year, Earth Day is celebrated on April 22 as a way to educate and encourage people about the responsibility to take care of the earth. These questions are designed with students of all ages in mind.

Talking About Earth Day

One of the greatest responsibilities of all teachers, regardless of subject or grade level taught, is to prepare students to be active citizens who will take care of people, their county and the world. Earth Day has a great tie in to each of these things, as there is a great opportunity to help students learn how and why they need to be stewards of the Earth. In this resource, you will find a collection of discussion questions that will require your students to think critically about why the holiday matters, how they can help care for the Earth and how to spread awareness of the importance of Earth Day. The questions are divided into categories for younger and older learners.

Lower Grades (3-6)

  • Earth Day started almost 50 years ago as a day to celebrate what the Earth does for everyone who lives on it and to promote peace. Why do you think that it's only been in the past 50 years that people have wanted to honor the Earth with this day?
  • Today, a major part of Earth Day is taking care of the environment. What can you do on Earth Day (or every day) to take care of the Earth?
  • It is important that we all do our part to care for the Earth. How can you teach others the importance of taking care of the Earth?
  • Let's think about something small we can do as a class each day to help take care of the Earth. What are your ideas? Think of something that will only take a few minutes each day to do.

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