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Earth Day At Home For Tweens, Teens, and Older Learners


Created by darrell porcello, last updated 2020-04-18

This list contains Earth Day-themed activities for older learners. Just like our list for younger learners, we have selected experiences that mostly can be done at home—but some require outdoor travel. Many of the activity materials can found around the house or can be printed from downloaded files in advance. These are just a few of the many Earth-themed activities on howtosmile—but it is a great place to start!


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Resonant Rings

Fun way to explore vibrations during earthquakes.

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Highway Seismograph

Going out for a drive to get some fresh air? Try acting as your own seismograph!

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Cookie Subduction

You know you want a cookie anyways, why not making a learning moment about subduction?

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Heavy Air

Have some balloons lying around? Try this interesting activity that explores the weight of air.

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Feeling Pressured

Fun activity about air pressure, but be sure those adult learners are around to help out!

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Making Map Projections

Have a budding artist interesting in map making? Try this!

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Cleaning with Dirt

And you thought dirt was just good for getting dirty! How does dirt actually help clean water?

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Make a UV Detector

No UV beads needed here...just some tonic water! What happens in the Sun?

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Changing Shadows

Use those chalk drawings to learn something about the Earth and Sun system!

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Counting With Quadrants

Dive in and explore your outdoor environment with this activity on science practices.

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Show Your Colors!

You see green in leaves...but there is so much more to color. Try this out to learn more!

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Food Chains and Webs

More ecology fun, and you know you want to make that mobile!

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The World's Water

Ever wonder how much water is in the ocean vs others sources. Wonder no longer!

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Make Your Own Deep-Sea Vent

Investigate Deep-Sea Vents using food color, string, and a couple of containers.

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Candy Chemosynthesis

This activity on autotrophic nutrition for learners 14+ is a great way to use that stored up candy—before you eat it all.

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The Carbon Cycle: How It Works

Let's play a game about carbon, the carbon cycle, and climate change.

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15+ great reads for your Earth Day week | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Cool Earth Day science stories from NOAA. This page has something for everyone, and offers some great reading extensions for your learners.


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NASA Earth Observatory - Home

Wonderful NASA website showing our beautiful Earth! See amazing images from NASA satellites showing climate change, global climate change, global warming,oceans, volcanoes, and natural hazards.


Gallery: NASA Earth Science Videos

A curated collection of Earth-themed videos from NASA's Science Visualization Studio. Deep dives into Atmospheric Composition, Climate Variability and Change, Carbon Cycle and Ecosystems, and many other topic connected to our planet.