Earth Day is celebrated every year on April 22. It’s an annual event held worldwide to demonstrate support for ecological awareness. The April 22 date was designated as International Mother Earth Day by a consensus resolution adopted by the United Nations in 2009. Earth Day is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and is celebrated in more than 192 countries every year!

Earth Day is a good time to talk about conservation, particularly with students, which is why Georgia-Pacific is partnering with me to launch a lesson plan contest to celebrate how educators support the topic of Earth Day.

Georgia-Pacific  has practiced conservation throughout their history.  As a forest products company they use a renewable resource, fiber from trees, to make most of their products, which makes it essential to their business to sustain these resources and be a good environmental steward. To support this action, they created a resource – Educational in Nature® – an environmental education program developed more than ten years ago. The program provides activities and lesson plans for 4th and 5thgrade students and teachers about energy, products from tress, paper recycling and chemistry. Teachers can get these resources for free here.

In April, Earth Day becomes an even more relevant topic to all of us including, Georgia-Pacific.  As Earth Day approaches, one of the best ways educators can use to spread the word with students is to teach a lesson in your classroom.

 #Earthday Lesson Plan Contest

In celebration of Earth Day this  Month of April, Georgia-Pacific will host their first lesson plan contest on my blog  and they want YOU to participate! Join me in this great opportunity to celebrate Earth Day with your students and showcase your great lesson plans!


Here are the details!

(updated  4/12/13)

How to Enter: Contest starts April 1, 2013 at 3PM Pacific Time/6PM Eastern Time and ends (recently extended) April 21 at 11:59 PM Eastern TimeDuring the Submission Phase contestants may enter by visiting this post at to get all the info on the contest. Only one (1) lesson plan entry per person, will be accepted.

Guidelines: Entrants are invited to submit a lesson plan that fits with the theme of Earth Day. Each lesson plan must be submitted using the Google Doc lesson plan provided here:  Each lesson plan must also include a “pinnable” image with a brief description of how you will use your lesson plan in the classroom.  That image will be used to pin to a Georgia-Pacific Earth Day Pinterest Board.  Lastly, to be considered, the hashtag #GPEarthDay must be included with your lesson entry.

Email your lesson plan to You may also submit your lesson plan, following all the guidelines, via a blog post and submit your entry by leaving a comment  with a link to your post on this blog article. Properly submitted lesson plans, using the provided google doc template, a “pinnaable” image and the #GPEarthDay hashtag comprise the complete entry and must be the original work of  the contestant who entered and created the lesson plan.

Only one (1) lesson plan submission per person will be accepted. Last day to submit is April 21 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

Judging Phase: During the Judging Phase, all entries will be reviewed by a panel of qualified Education Experts. The Education Experts will evaluate all eligible submissions based on a 4 point rubric which includes the following criteria: Goals for the Lesson, Content for the Lesson and Creativity of the Lesson.

Prizes: There will be three (3) winners of really awesome items! One (1) grand prize winner will receive: a tablet, a $500 Staples gift card, and Georgia-Pacific products. Two (2) runner-up winners will each receive a $250 Staples gift card, and Georgia-Pacific products.

Winner Verification: All potential winners will be notified by Lisa Dabbs via email on or about April 30, 2013.

No Purchase Necessary.  Void where prohibited. Contest begins on April 1, 2013 at 6:00 P.M. ET and ends on April 21, 2013 at 11:59 P.M ET. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and District of Columbia, 21 years or older.  To participate, one must submit a pin of their Earth Day lesson plans via Lisa Dabbs in the comments section of her blog post posted on April 1, 2013 with the hashtag #GPEarthDay. Alternate form of entry will be available by emailing lesson plans to Lisa. For complete rules, click here [LINK]. Odds of winning are dependent upon the number of eligible entries received. Three (3) winners will be chosen by an expert education panel, based on a rubric of set criteria. The prize is will be one grand prize granted to the winner with the highest score of a tablet, Staples gift card and a Georgia-Pacific product pack. The two runner-up winners will receive a gift card and a Georgia-Pacific classroom kit.


Now that you have all the details for this fantastic contest…what are you waiting for? Start planning that awesome lesson plan, share your great lesson with your students and maybe win a great prize in the process!

I look forward to your lesson plan submissions!

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Disclosure: I am receiving compensation as a consultant from Georgia-Pacific for this post and contest.

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