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Virtual Viewing Party: Earth Day

On-Demand Event

Celebrate Earth Day with Discovery Education and teachers and students around the globe! What better way to celebrate our planet than through global connection with others who care deeply about the health of our planet? These activities for before, during, and after the event will help you and your students make the most of the day.

Explore the Importance of Earth Day

What is a Virtual Viewing Party?

A virtual viewing party is a shared viewing experience of the Discovery Education video Celebrate with DE: Earth Day (Canadian Version). The video showcases the global celebration of Earth Day, an annual holiday observed on April 22 that honors the beauty and fragility of planet Earth.

Thousands of classrooms will simultaneously access this video and share their thoughts and reflections about the planet and the importance of appreciating its bounty. If this is your first virtual viewing party read our FAQs for additional information.

The content and activities are suitable for all grades but we recommend you preview the video to determine if it is appropriate for your students.

How to Watch

We recommend you download the video, Celebrate with DE: Earth Day (Canadian Version), in advance of your viewing party for the most seamless viewing experience.

This video is available to all Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook and Social Studies Techbook customers. If you are not currently a subscriber to these services, you can sign-up for a free trial to watch the video for this event.

Viewing Party Essential Questions

What are some of the environmental problems facing the planet today?

In what ways do humans affect the environment?

Why is it important to protect the world around you?

What can you do to help protect the environment?

How can you promote environmentalism in your own community?

Join the Discussion

What if we are participating in the on-demand event?

Your class can watch the video any time and join the discussion independently. If you are participating on-demand, you may want to have students review the Earth Day Padlet or Twitter discussion to compare ideas and make connections. You can also use the suggested resources below to support your discussions.

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Suggested Viewing Activities

To make the most of the virtual viewing party with your class, we suggest the following activities.

Before the Viewing Party

Prepare your students to arrive at the viewing party with the background knowledge required for rich discussion. Use Jigsaw (Canadian Version), a strategy rom our Spotlight on Strategies series and the related resources listed below to help students tackle a variety of media. Each student should study one resource and then come back to the home group to share what they’ve learned.

During the Viewing Party
The featured video for this event includes prompts and questions throughout. Plan to pause the video when text prompts appear to encourage discussion in your class. Consider forming small groups for the discussions, as the prompts are open-ended and will encourage interesting conversations. Give groups enough time to discuss and ask each group to summarize and share the group’s thoughts with the class.

After the Viewing Party
In order to gather your students’ thoughts and encourage future action, host a Paper Chat (Canadian Version) in your room. This strategy, from our Spotlight on Strategies series, will allow your students to map out their interests and potential plans for environmental action. Adapt the Essential Questions from the Virtual Viewing Party to use as central questions on your chart paper: What are the most pressing problems affecting the Earth today? What are you interested in doing to help the planet thrive? What ideas do you have for group projects or community involvement? Allow students to think and respond, in writing and anonymously, responding to each other on the papers.

Share your students' thinking and top qualities via your personal, class, or school Twitter account. Don’t forget to share it all with us on Padlet and Twitter @DiscoveryEd using #CelebratewithDE.

Related Resources

You may also be interested in the following timely resources available from Discovery Education.

Content Collection:
Earth Day, Grades K-12

#CelebrateWithDE – Earth Day, Grades K-12

Video Segment:
The First Earth Day (Canadian Version),
Grades K-8

Video Segment:
New Challenges for Earth Day (Canadian Version),
Grades K-8

Reading Passage:
Earth Day (Canadian Version),
Grades 6-8

Stuff You Should Know Podcast: Will We Soon Be Extinct? (Canadian Version),
Grades 6-12

Partner Resource:
Life of a Can, Grades K-12