Earth Day Research Project for Google Slides™

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4th - 6th
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Do you need an engaging and meaningful Earth Day project?  This Earth Day Research Project in Google Slides™ gives students a choice and be creative as well as requires them to research and use critical thinking skills as they research an environmental issue affecting our planet.

This resource includes teacher directions, a printable list of topics, a printable checklist and notes organizer plus a Google Slides™ slides template. All of the resources included are designed to help students practice researching an environmental issue and creating a presentation to share. Students will be engaged in learning about an environmental problem of their choice and will love sharing what they've learned with their classmates.

This Earth Day Research Project allows students to practice 21st-century skills AND speaking and listening skills in an engaging and authentic way. With this resource, you will provide your students with a Google Slides™  template that outlines everything they need to include to create a complete presentation. You may choose to have your students research online, use books and articles, or a mix of both.

Here's what you'll get:

A printable pdf that contains:

  • Teacher Tips and Information 
  • A list of 16 environmental issues for students to choose a topic
  • A two-page graphic organizer for students to write notes on their research and cite the sources the used
  • A 24-point rubric

A Google Slides file that contains:

  • Student directions
  • The list of topics
  • A Presentation Checklist with moveable checks
  • Slides templates for each element: Topic + Definition, What is Affected by the Problem, Fact #1, Fact #2, Fact #3, Possible Solutions, and What We Can Do to Help.
  • 24-point detailed rubric

Students will enjoy learning about an important issue affecting our planet and possible ways to solve the problem.

Prep is quick and easy... Just print the pages for your students to select a topic and organize their notes. Then assign the Google Slides™ in Google Classroom or your preferred LMS for students to create their presentation.

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Total Pages
26 pages
Answer Key
Rubric only
Teaching Duration
2 hours
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.
Report on a topic or text or present an opinion, sequencing ideas logically and using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.
Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century. Examples of factors include human activities (such as fossil fuel combustion, cement production, and agricultural activity) and natural processes (such as changes in incoming solar radiation or volcanic activity). Examples of evidence can include tables, graphs, and maps of global and regional temperatures, atmospheric levels of gases such as carbon dioxide and methane, and the rates of human activities. Emphasis is on the major role that human activities play in causing the rise in global temperatures.


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