Earth Day activity – Learn about scientist John McConnell

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Years 3-6


Use this free Earth Day activity booklet to explore key facts about John McConnell, the founder of Earth Day. There are also fun activities and discussion starters for your students.

Earth Day activity ideas

Global warming and climate change is affecting many animals’ habitats. Use the included worksheet to match the animal to the troubles. Can pupils also write in their own ideas to add to each list?

Complete the included word search. Once you’ve found the words, circle all the renewable energy sources in one colour, and the non-renewable in another colour.

Who is John McConnell?

In 1939, John McConnell was working in a research laboratory in Los Angeles, which was associated with a factory that manufactured plastic. John’s experience with the factory made him realise how much the manufacture of plastic was polluting the Earth.

In 1969, at a UNESCO Conference, John proposed the idea of a global holiday to celebrate the Earth and to spread awareness about preserving the environment. He called this day Earth Day.

Pearson is shining a spotlight on scientists who deserve recognition and have positively impacted the way that we live today. Browse all of the packs available here. Browse more Earth Day activities.

Earth Day activity
Earth Day activity – Learn about scientist John McConnell

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