We want you to finish the school year strong, so we’ve pulled together some relevant content and June teaching resources for you! 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 5 – 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 6 – Anniversary of D-Day
On this day in 1944, Allied troops invaded the shores of Normandy, France against the Nazis. On the evening before, about 2,000 ships silently set out across the English Channel, and at dawn on June 6, the largest seaborne invasion in history began. Teach kids about the events that marked the beginning of the end of World War II.
June 8 – World Oceans Day
Celebrate World Oceans Day in your classroom by learning about the many mysterious and incredible features of our watery planet. Oceans give us a lot more than seafood and salt. Besides giving us food, the ocean provides oil, fertilizers, and food for farm animals. Some ocean water is even purified to yield freshwater.
- 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 14 – 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 15 – Global Wind Day
Wind power has begun to reshape the energy landscape, as a safe and reliable alternative to more traditional sources of energy. Global Wind Day is intended to help us discover wind and the power in can possess!
- Related Topics: Water, Wind, and Other Sources of Energy, How Boats and Ships Move
- Related Units: Energy, Weather
- Check out our Print Title on Energy
June 19 – 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 21 – 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 30 – Meteor Day
The last day of June is a prime time to spot flashes of light in the night sky. Hundreds of meteorites fall to Earth each year, but most are very tiny. However, the very rare big ones make huge holes in the ground. Barringer Meteorite Crater in Arizona (pictured above) is the biggest in the U.S.