Earth Day Guided Writing Activity

Earth Day Writing Prompt & Lesson

Use Earth Day to focus on expository writing! An “I Can Help the Environment” writing prompt will encourage reflection and support writing skills. It’s fun and functional! Add the final drafts to student writing portfolios or your Earth Day bulletin board.  I’ve listed each step of the writing process below. If you want to save some prep time, you can grab the printable and digital lesson here.


Start the lesson by having students work together to fill in a bubble map with things they can do to help the environment. Encourage students to fill in as much of the bubble map as possible. Having a variety of options will be helpful during the next step of the writing process. Here are some ideas students can use if they get stuck:

  • donate clothes
  • use less water
  • plant trees
  • look for the recycle symbol
  • care for toys so they last longer
  • always throw away trash
  • buy items with less packaging materials
  • turn off lights when you leave a room

Earth Day Bubble Map


Use a pre-writing tree map to help students organize their thoughts before they begin writing their paragraphs. First, students select three ideas for helping the environment from their bubble map in the previous step.   Next, students add a specific example for each idea listed on their tree map.  Here’s what it might look like: Use less water > I will turn off the faucet when I brush my teeth.

Earth Day Tree Map


Providing students with a sentence-by-sentence outline for writing their paragraphs will help them stay focused and organized. Students can use their tree map to complete the paragraph outline. You can differentiate or scaffold the lesson with sentence starters.

Earth Day Outline

Rubric & Examples

If you’re using a paragraph grading rubric, now is good time to review the writing expectations. This would also be a beneficial time in the writing process to show students an example of a paragraph that meets each criteria of the rubric.

Earth Day Grading Rubric

Final Draft

When the paragraph outline is completed, students will be ready to write their final drafts! Earth Day writing paper makes for a fun and polished-looking final draft that students can to add to their writing portfolios or share with parents.

Earth Day Writing Paper

Short on time? Get everything you need to complete this writing activity with your students! The step-by-step printable and digital lesson linked below includes two graphic organizers, paragraph outline, writing paper, grading rubric, and examples! Celebrate Earth Day and practice writing skills!

Earth Day Writing Lesson | Printable and Digital

Earth Day Writing Activity

Here’s what teachers are saying about the Earth Day Writing Activity:

✏️ “Super structured paragraph writing. It was really helpful for my students who are still building their writing skills.”

✏️ “A great resource to use for distance learning AND in-class!

✏️ “This resource was extremely useful with my students as we focused on creative ways to still help our environment”

Earth Day Writing Activity
Earth Day Activity Digital
Earth Day Google Classroom

Need more ideas for celebrating Earth Day in the classroom? Check out the resources linked below!

🌍 No-Prep Earth Day Lesson for Upper Elementary & Middle School 

🌍 Earth Day Word Games

🌍 “Our Planet” Teaching Resources

🌍 History of Earth Day (National Geographic Kids)

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Earth Day Writing Activity for Kids