Earth Day Vocabulary List with Lesson Activity Ideas

Earth Day Vocabulary List with Lesson Ideas

 

Here is my updated and expanded list of vocabulary words that might be useful for Earth Day puzzles, games, or other activities – along with a few suggestions for activities using the word list.

 

Vocabulary List

biodegradable

renewable

carbon

carbon footprint

fossil fuel

organic

renewable

non-renewable

conserve

conservation

ecology

ecosystem

habitat

resources

watershed

wetlands

endangered

extinct

pollution

pollutant

hazmat

toxic

non-toxic

biodiversity

biodegradable

climate

climate change

global

global warming

greenhouse gases

Polar icecap

herbicide

pesticide

litter

soil

botanical

wilderness

oxygen

salvage

carbon dioxide

sustainable

ozone

activist

agriculture

solar

revitalize

marine

precipitation

projections

landscape

migration

 

Activity Ideas

 

Concentration Game – Have individual students or groups create these matching games with words from the list and their definitions.  Students can then exchange their games for other students to solve.

 

One-Minute News Report – Divide students into groups of three.  Each group of three kids chooses one word from the list and presents a “news report.”  For their report, the first kid in the group tells what the word means.  The second kid continues – “This is what is happening with (their word) on our world today – .”  The third kid ends with – “This is what some environmentalists predict will be happening with (their word) in the future – .”

 

Word Sort – Divide students into groups, and give each group the whole word list. Each group then sorts the list into categories of their choice, and then explains why they chose those categories.

 

Crossword Puzzle or Word Search – Plug the word list into a puzzle maker program for a quick Earth Day crossword puzzle or word search.

 

If you are interested in an Earth Day informational text activity, check out this one.Click on the image to see a preview:

 

Earth Day Info Text    Earth Day Informational Text

 


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