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9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, History

Resource Type

  • Interactive Media

Regional Focus


Earth Day Timeline

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  • In this interactive presentation, viewers will learn about major environmental events over the past 50 years, such as weather phenomena, human-caused disasters, and milestones in chemical banning and environmental legislation. 
  • Students will learn the history of Earth Day from 1970 - 2020, with events displayed chronologically for ease of understanding.
Teaching Tips


  • This easy-to-use Prezi presents information logically and chronologically and includes various categories about the environment.
  • Each entry includes a photograph for greater comprehension.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students and teachers will need internet access.
  • Teachers can share the Prezi via social media or upload it to Google Classroom.
  • Some events include extreme, deadly weather phenomena and human-caused disasters, so teachers should prepare to answer questions and support students' emotions.


  • There are dozens of descriptions, each with its own cited source, so teachers can assign every student an entry as a research project.
  • Some entries are about environmental legislation through the years, so social studies teachers can have students work together to gather those facts and then create a class project highlighting how governments attempt to provide climate solutions.
  • Civics teachers may wish to discuss the concept of "Earth Day" in relation to community service and civic responsibility.
  • Teachers can easily differentiate based on reading stamina by strategically assigning events.
Scientist Notes
To successfully combat climate change, we need awareness of climate change, which is a central tenant of Earth Day. This interactive Prezi presentation will take students through the history of Earth Day. This presentation is well-cited, and there are no concerns about the accuracy of the information. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-6 Use a computational representation to illustrate the relationships among Earth systems and how those relationships are being modified due to human activity.
    • ETS1: Engineering Design
      • HS-ETS1-1 Analyze a major global challenge to specify qualitative and quantitative criteria and constraints for solutions that account for societal needs and wants.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 1: Developing Questions and Planning Inquiries
      • D1.5.9-12 Determine the kinds of sources that will be helpful in answering compelling and supporting questions, taking into consideration multiple points of view represented in the sources, the types of sources available, and the potential uses of the sources.
    • Dimension 2: Civics
      • D2.Civ.14.9-12 Analyze historical, contemporary, and emerging means of changing societies, promoting the common good, and protecting rights.
    • Dimension 2: History
      • D2.His.14.9-12 Analyze multiple and complex causes and effects of events in the past.
      • D2.His.15.9-12 Distinguish between long-term causes and triggering events in developing a historical argument.
      • D2.His.2.9-12 Analyze change and continuity in historical eras.
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