A+ Celebration of Nature: For Grades 3-7

These lessons and activities highlight the wonder of our beautiful world to inspire student learning about the environment. The lessons connect directly with key instruction areas. These resources work well for Earth Day and Earth Month or any time of year. For Grades 3-7.

Additional resources for teaching with these films are available from the Journeys in Film Library.


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Nature Lessons & Activities for Elementary & Middle School

For STEM Learning, Earth Day and Earth Month, and More. 

Landfill Harmonic

Lesson on waste, recycling, and the inspiration recycled instrument orchestra featured in the documentary. Handouts include an active viewing worksheet, a waste sequence chart, a worksheet for planning a Landfill Harmonic Tour Poster, and a Recycling Choice Board. For Grades 4-5.

Film Rating: PG. Learn more about Landfill Harmonic.

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The Love Bugs

Emmy-winning documentary film The Love Bugs provides an opportunity for you and your students to become amateur entomologists and discover the wonder of small creatures, just like Lois and Charlie O’Brien did. It also provides a process for understanding the nature of love through your students’ eyes and through those of a couple who have worked and lived together for 60 years. Includes a fun hands-on art activity. Available in Spanish and English. For Grades 3-5.

Learn more about The Love Bugs.

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Film poster for Whale Rider, showing a whale swimming across a Māori girl's face in light blue.Whale Rider

Lesson about how whales communicate with echolocation. Features a whale fact sheet highlighting migration, classifications of whales and more. Includes math components and a hands-on activity for exploring echolocation.  (The resource works without the film as an option.) For Grades 5-7.

Film Rating: PG-13. CommonSense Media Rating: Ages 11+. Learn more about Whale Rider.

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Film Discussion Guides

Detail from the film poster for JANE. The title is spelled out in bold silver letters, decorated with Jane Goodall's profile, tropical greenery, and a chimpanzee. Jane highlights the life and work of pioneering biologist and chimpanzee specialist Dr. Jane Goodall. Our discussion guide introduces Dr. Goodall, explores the work of women in science, and features quotes by Jane Goodall and additional resources. For Grades 4-8.

Film Rating: PG. CommonSense Media Rating: Ages 8+. Learn more about the Jane documentary. Learn more about teaching with Jane with our article for Share My Lesson: Inspiring a Love of Nature and Learning: Celebrating Jane Goodall.

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Journeys in Film supports United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Learn more about teaching with UN SDGs.

This curriculum guide connects to the following Sustainable Development Goals:

Dark mustard background with a white 12 in the upper left hand corner. Text beside the number reads: Responsible Consumption and Production. Central image, in white, is a figure eight formed by an arrow. Blue background with a white 14 in the upper left hand corner. Text beside it reads: Life Below Water. There are two white wave lines below the text and a large white fish below that. Lime green background. 15 in white in the upper left hand corner. Life on Land next to the number. White art centered on the green background features a tree with silhouettes of 3 birds.

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