Wrap up the school year with these timely resources. This month we’ll dive into earth science units on World Environment and Oceans Day, and peer back in history on the anniversary of D-Day and Flag Day. As always, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest for updates on daily Free Topics and teaching inspiration. Have a great month!
June 5th – World Environment Day
World Environment Day is the United Nation’s Day for spreading global awareness about environmental protection. This World Environment Day, discover the many ways that you can help to combat plastic pollution.
- Free Infographics: How a Bottle Gets Recycled, 10 Things Kids Can Do to Help the Earth
- Related Topics: Sustainability, Our Carbon Footprint, Landfills and Recycling
- Related Units: Ecology, Earth, Conservation, Oceans
- Games and Activities on Conservation
June 6th – Anniversary of D-Day
On this day in 1944, allied troops invaded the shores of Normandy, France against the Nazis. Teach kids about the events that marked the beginning of the end of World War II.
June 8th – World Oceans Day
Celebrate World Oceans Day in your classroom by learning about the many mysterious and incredible features of our watery planet.
- Related Topics: How the Oceans Formed, Ocean Myths and Legends, and the Layers of the Ocean
- Related Unit: Oceans
- Check out our KD2 Print Title Oceans 2
June 14th – Flag Day
Flag day commemorates the adoption of the American Flag in 1777. The story that seamstress Betsy Ross made the first flag for the new country was first told by her grandson almost 100 years after the Revolution began.
- Related Topic: Women and the Revolution
- Related Units: American Revolution, Revolutionary Women
- Check out our Print Title American Revolution
June 19th – Juneteenth/Freedom Day
Juneteenth celebrates the announcement of the end of slavery in Texas in 1865, two years after President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. While this is a day to celebrate freedom, it’s also one to reflect on how far the U.S. has come with civil rights and, where we need to go next.
- Related Topics: Free at Last, The Civil War
- Related Units: Civil Rights, Underground Railroad
- Check out our Print Title Civil Rights
June 21st – Summer Solstice
The Summer Solstice takes place this year on June 21. This is the day the Sun hits its most northerly point. It’s right over the Tropic of Cancer. This is the Northern Hemisphere’s longest day of the year and first day of summer.
June 30th – Meteor Day
The last day of June is a prime time to spot flashes of light in the night sky, often referred to as a “Shooting Star”. Kids will learn that what they’re seeing isn’t actually a shooting star, but a giant space rock called a meteor.