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Earth is sick and needs our help! Read the children's book Planet Earth Gets Well to explain the various problems facing the planet, discussing what young conservationists can do to heal the planet along the way. A great Earth Day resource that raises awareness about the importance of conservation and the different ways people affect the environment.
After completing the activity, "Kinesthetic Astronomy: The Meaning of a Year," zoom in on Earth's rotation using the same simulation setup and this outline. Each class member dons a map of the Western Hemisphere and plays the part of Earth as it rotates on its axis. They identify their equators and north poles as reference points and note what comes into view in different positions as they turn. You will certainly want to check out the other lessons that make use of the kinesthetic astronomy setup put out by the same publisher.
What is energy, anyway? Use this featurette as an introduction to your middle school energy unit. It successfully touches each of Earth's physical systems, the sun as our main source of energy, and the flow of energy through the food chain. It also introduces our production and use of electricity, and the importance of monitoring it. 
How was our solar system and earth formed? Sal hypothesizes that a Supernova was most likely the catalyst that spawned our sun and consequently our solar system. He thoroughly explains the formation of the moon and the Earth using a 'time clock' diagram and multiple images.
Geology junkies will make a foldable that covers a lot of ground regarding Earth's internal structure, its position in the solar system, and an explanation for its seasons. Templates and a printable page of instructions are included. Once assembled, learners will color, personalize, and add written information as you determine.
Introduce your earth science enthusiasts to the earth's energy budget. Teach them using an informative set of slides that include illuminating lecturer's notes, relevant vocabulary, embedded animations, colorful satellite maps, and a video. The class is divided into three different groups to experiment with surface albedo, clouds, and land and water temperatures. After they investigate, the groups come back to share their findings with the rest of the class.
Earth's motions, the moon's orbit, and the celestial sphere are thoroughly explained in this 52-slide PowerPoint. There are a couple of slides specific to the author's class, but you can easily edit or remove them. This fabulous collection will support more than one lesson.
Learners view a seven minute video called Gorilla in the Greenhouse. In this Earth day lesson, students review the history of Earth day. Learners work in groups to describe the life cycle of a plastic bag. Students understand that product life cycles need energy.
Geography lesson plans using Google Earth, or other interactive websites can make this topic current and interesting for students.
Creative hands-on art project ideas that are easy on the earth and easy on a teacher’s budget.
Fourth graders discuss how junk mail accumulates and bring in junk mail for an Earth day Project.  In this Earth Day lesson plan, 4th graders weigh and measure their accumulated mail and calculate how much junk mail is accumulated in all the students homes. Students assess how much mail can be recycled.
Celebrate Earth Day by spreading the word of conservation. Teach children ten easy ways to help preserve the Earth and share this knowledge with others by sending e-cards and printable cards to loved ones. Extend learning about the environment by asking students to research other simple ways of protecting natural resources, cutting down on waste, and reducing pollution.  
Though several of the images are blurry, this slide show on plate tectonics is terrific! Simply take a little time to replace blurry diagrams with higher quality variations, and you are set to rock your earth science class!
Middle schoolers model Earth's revolution round the sun by walking a mini-globe around a lamp. You will assess whether or not they tilt and rotate the planet properly and that the revolution is counterclockwise. Discussion beforehand sets the stage and helps explain that this is the reason for the seasons. Be aware that "doll rod" in the materials list means "dowel rod."
Students explain how the Earth's tilt and rotation causes night and day. In this earth science lesson, students determine how seasonal changes are caused by Earth's revolution. They play a jeopardy team game at the end of the unit to review concepts learned.
Students participate in activities that familiarize them with what Earth Day is, why it is important, and why it is a celebration.
Students compare geography to topography. In this topography lesson, students examine the topography of the surfaces of the Earth. Students compare one feature of Earth to one feature of Mars and present in a PowerPoint.
Middle schoolers create a timeline.  In this Earth's History lesson, students research the history of life on Earth and use the information collected to create a timeline.  Middle schoolers also answers the provided discussion questions.
Students celebrate Earth Day. In this environmental science instructional activity, students are served organic fruits and vegetables and read the story It's Earth Day! Additionally, students construct an earth floor puzzle and participate in several suggested art center activities.
Students examine the major events that have taken place in the Earth's development.  In this Earth lesson students view a video and put major events in chronological order.