Join the Mailing List

Engaging Earth Day Reading Activities for 4th & 5th Grade

April 5, 2024 No Comments
blog post about Earth Day-themed reading activities for 4th and 5th graders

April means rain showers, warmer temps, and flowers, but it also means test prep time! And what better timely topic to bring into reading test prep than Earth Day? Using Earth Day reading activities is a great way to review those important comprehension skills while having some seasonal fun!

Let’s get into some fourth and fifth grade Earth Day reading comprehension passages you can use with your students plus book recommendations!

Earth Day Flier

I’m all for combining seasons and holidays with functional text practice. Earth Day is a great opportunity for working on real-world reading comprehension skills.

Earth Day reading activities for grade 4

This authentic text activity includes an Earth Day fair flier and 10 comprehension questions that support 4th grade standards, including:

  • using text features
  • identifying the author’s purpose
  • summarizing details
  • drawing conclusions
  • differentiating between fact and opinion
  • identifying cause and effect relationships
  • locating answers in the text
  • understanding synonyms and homophones

This is great to have on hand for literacy stations, homework, sub plans, and test prep as part of your Earth Day reading activities!

Composting How-To Directions

Directions are another great example of functional formats for your students to practice with.

This set of directions is all about getting started composting in your own backyard.

Earth Day functional text practice

It targets these 5th grade reading comprehension and word analysis skills:

  • using text features
  • identifying the main idea
  • summarizing details
  • identifying an organizational pattern
  • drawing conclusions
  • differentiating between fact and opinion
  • locating information in the text to support opinions/inferences
  • determining the use of multiple-meaning words
  • understanding affixes

You can use this for targeted nonfiction comprehension practice on Earth Day and really anytime during the year!

Earth Day Word Analysis Practice

We know that students need year-round practice with word analysis skills!

They’re actually fun to practice with these Earth-Day themed questions! This activity comes in both a printable worksheet and a Google Form so you have options for how to use the questions with your class.

This is perfect for helping students review word analysis strategies leading up to the spring reading test! They’ll review context clues, roots and affixes, synonyms and antonyms, homophones, and word-reference materials.

Earth Day word analysis strategies activities are great for review

This works well for morning work, homework, exit tickets, sub plans, and more.

Recommended Read-Alouds

Finally, no reading-themed post is complete without book recommendations! It’s so hard to pick only a few, but here are some Earth Day picture books that are perfect for grades 3-5. I love these for mentor texts, class read-alouds, or just to add to your classroom library!

The Boy Who Grew a Forest by Sophia Gholz

I love the lesson that one person really can make a difference and The Boy Who Grew a Forest is a perfect example! This book tells the true story of a young boy living on an island in India who grew 20 saplings into a whole forest. This is excellent for science tie-ins to erosion, ecosystems, and human impact.

All That Trash by Megan McCarthy

All That Trash tells the real story of the 1987 Garbage Barge that traveled by sea for months before finding a dumping location. This book is so engaging and enjoyable to read – and funny, too – and includes real photos and more information about the incident. This is great to pair with 5th grade science content and tons of reading standards like cause and effect, problem/solution, and more!

One Plastic Bag by Miranda Paul

I’ve talked about One Plastic Bag before and it’s definitely worth mentioning again! This is a great picture book that shows how people recycle trash in innovative and inspiring ways. I love this book as a companion to STEAM lessons about reusing and recycling. It’s also a great one to spark ideas for school/community clean-up projects.

Magic Trash by J. H. Shapiro

Magic Trash is another wonderful story about turning trash into treasure and the impact one person can have on their community. A super inspiring read and a perfect book to use to work on literary nonfiction comprehension skills.

The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry

The Great Kapok Tree is an oldie but goodie about the importance of trees and the need to protect and conserve rainforests. So many science tie-ins with this one, and really just a sweet book to read aloud.

I hope you enjoy using these Earth Day reading activities with your fourth and fifth grade students! There are so many more awesome Earth Day-themed read-alouds that I didn’t include here and I’d love for you to share your favorites in the comments!

No Comments

Leave a Reply

Join the Mailing List for Tips, Ideas, and Freebies!