Earth Day

Earth Day

April 22, 2019

Do-Now Discussion

What are the top five issues your class would like our newly elected government officials to address in their new terms? How does the environment rank in your classroom’s list?


Celebrate Earth Day with the National Constitution Center with a variety of resources for in the classroom.

Constitution hall Pass: Everything’s Gone Green: The Story of Earth Day

Students and teachers can also tune into Constitution Hall Pass.  This engaging episode of our video lesson series tells the history of the environmental movement in the United States and the origins of the holiday we know as Earth Day. Explore why protecting our environment is so important, and discover the ways you can be an active citizen by going green!  

Don’t forget to use our great discussion questions before and after you watch the episode, and join a live chat with our staff on Friday, April 21, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. EDT:
Produced by the National Constitution Center, Constitution Hall Pass is a free, fun, and fascinating webcast and live chat series. Tune in online at

Lesson Plans




As part of the Center’s Earth Day celebration, visitors can learn about green pioneers like President Teddy Roosevelt and First Lady Claudia “Lady Bird” Johnson. Programming on the Center’s front lawn will include a gardening activity and 18th century games. Visitors will also be able to create cootie-catchers that provide helpful tips on going green.

“It Is Easy Being Green” 
Earth Day Trivia at the Giant Game Board  

12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Main Lobby
Visitors can test their eco-friendly knowledge at the Center’s Earth Trivia Game. Questions cover Earth Day history, reusing and recycling, and alternative energies.

Craft Activity Stations
12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Main Lobby
At craft tables, visitors can create fun and handy cootie-catches that provide helpful tips on going green. They will also have a chance to plant vegetables to start their own victory gardens.

18th Century Lawn Games
12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Outside, visitors can play graces, hoop and stick, nine pin, and other games popular during the Revolutionary era.
Weather permitting.  

Constitution Hall Pass: “Everything’s Gone Green: The Story of Earth Day” Video
12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Main Lobby
Visitors can find out how Earth Day celebrations began  in the National Constitution Center’s popular video lesson series Constitution Hall Pass—available at the museum and in the classroom. Produced by the National Constitution Center, Constitution Hall Pass is a free, video lesson and live chat series. Visit

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