Earth Day Activities (and 12 COOL Earth Facts) for Students

No matter what your stance is on global warming or recycling, our planet is pretty freaking awesome! For example, right at this very moment we are speeding through space 15 times faster than the fastest jet ever made! This is the kind of stuff about our beautiful planet Earth I wanted to highlight in this post.

This is my Dad's pin from the original Earth Day in 1970. 

He and my Mom grew up outside Philadelphia and were in their early 20s in 1970. The edge of the pin reads "Earth Week Comm of Phila" so it seems Earth Day may have been a whole week back then. When I was a kid, we'd go down to a local park to get a free tree each Earth Day. 

Earth Day Pennant

I recently made this Earth Day math pennant and decided to focus on completely amazing things about our beautiful planet. Below are some of the facts I came across when researching our awesome Earth:

10 cool Earth Day facts:

Hyperion, a massive redwood tree in California, is estimated to be 380 feet tall. The location of this tree is being kept a secret.

The smallest animal found is a frog measuring just 7 millimeters long.

An orca can swim 100 miles in one day.

Methuselah, a bristlecomb pine tree in California, is estimated to be 5,000 years old. 

A tiny Monarch butterfly can fly 50 miles per day.

A bee can visit 5,000 flowers in one day.

The atmosphere at the top of Mount Everest is just 7% oxygen. There is 21% oxygen in the atmosphere at sea level. (Once oxygen levels drop to 20%, people start falling asleep, hence the reason casinos pump in oxygen).

In 1982, the temperature in Antarctica was measured at -228.6 degrees Fahrenheit.

Bamboo grows over 90 centimeters per day. You can almost watch it grow.

Earth zooms through space at 67,000 miles per hour.

Lake Vanda in Antarctica is 10x saltier than the Atlantic Ocean.

18,250 new species are found each year on planet Earth.

In the pennant activity, I incorporated these facts and others into simple word problems and fun drawings to color. While researching, I also came across a link to Earth Day activities for each state

Happy Earth Day! 

Below are some more activities to celebrate Earth Day with your students. 

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