Earth Day Reading Activities

Earth Day is celebrated on April 22nd this year.   This event promotes environmental awareness and focuses awareness on topics including recycling, habitat destruction, and making sustainable choices as a family.  The theme of Earth Day can be combined with reading fiction and non-fiction books at home and using online resources to learn about ways they can make a positive impact on Earth.

A popular environmental story that kids of all ages love is The Lorax by Dr. Seuss.  The book is written in prose with Dr. Seuss’ typical silly style and “made- up” words.  The theme of the book covers the problem of destruction of the environment and the ever lasting effects it has on the landscape and animals.   In addition, there is a film version of the book that kids would love to see after reading the book.

A great book for upper-elementary and middle school aged kids is Hoot by Carl Hiaasen.  This story tells a tale of children who reach out to protect the habitat of burrowing owls in South Florida from a construction site.  Many of Carl Hiaasen’s books for tweens are also related to how kids can make a positive change for the environment.

Time for Kids online has an online mini-website dedicated to non-fiction articles and activities about Earth Day.  This is a great resource to have your children learn more about “going green,” protecting endangered species, the impact of trash, and creating a better and safer earth.

What activities do you have planned to celebrate Earth Day at home?

Elementary Reading Curriculum at Smart Tutor

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