Promoting Care of Our Environment in June

  • Published on May 28, 2021

Days in June for celebrating our environment

Every day is a good day for caring for our environment and for ensuring that the next generation accept their role in doing so with enthusiasm. However, in June, some days provide an opportunity for participating in an international movement focusing on the environment:

5 June World Environment Day

8 June World Oceans Day

22 June World Rainforest Day

Although Queensland Day on 6 June is not specifically about the environment, I’ve included it as it’s a celebration of my home state.

5 June World Environment Day

The theme of this year’s World Environment Day is “Reimagine. Recreate. Restore” focusing on ecosystem restoration.

You can find out more about how to be involved on the website and download a free Ecosystem Restoration Playbook here.

There are numerous readilearn resources about minibeasts and other animals such as turtles and alpacas to support learning about the environment and biodiversity. These can all be found in the science biology resources.

International Year of Plant Health - teaching ideas

The teaching ideas for the International Year of Plant Health also support learning about the environment.

8 June World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day is a day for celebrating, protecting and conserving the world’s oceans. ‘The purpose of the Day is to inform the public of the impact of human actions on the ocean, develop a worldwide movement of citizens for the ocean, and mobilize and unite the world’s population on a project for the sustainable management of the world’s oceans.’

The theme for 2021 is ‘One Ocean, One Climate, One Future — Together”.

Here at readilearn we have many turtle-themed resources which are suitable for celebrating World Oceans Day, including:

Let's find out about sea turtles cover

Let’s find out about Sea Turtles, an interactive ebook.

interactive quiz about sea turtles and living things

What do you know about Sea Turtles, an interactive quiz based upon information in the interactive book.

Ten Tiny Turtles a lesson in addition to ten for the interactive whiteboard

Ten Tiny Turtles, an interactive lesson for teaching addition of numbers up to ten.

a game for practising directions - forwards, backwards, left, right

Turtle Island — a directions game, encouraging children to follow directions including forwards, backwards, left and right.

turtle domino cards to print and use in maths groups

Turtle domino cards, turtle-themed domino cards to print, play and use in many maths activities.

And check out the interviews with authors and illustrators whose picture books encourage caring for the ocean and its inhabitants, including:

Swim a Rainbow with Kim Michelle Toft

Kim Michelle Toft author and illustrator of numerous picture books which encourage a curiosity and concern for the marine environment. Her beautiful silk paintings are stunning works of art.

Interview with Anne Donnelly, author-illustrator

Anne Donnelly author and illustrator of Ori’s Clean-Up which provides children with strategies for keeping our oceans clean.

Turtle Love by Renee Hills and Anna Jacobson

Renee Hills author and Anna Jacobson illustrator of Turtle Love, a gorgeous picture book about caring for turtles.

Song Bird Great Barrier Reef Rescue by Karen Tyrrell

Karen Tyrrell author of the junior fiction chapter book Song Bird Great Barrier Reef Rescue.

22 June World Rainforest Day

The purpose of the day is to ‘raise awareness and encourage action to save one of Earth’s most precious resources, our rainforests’.

Watch this video narrated by Alec Baldwin and Jane Goodall that does a lot to raise that awareness.


International Year of Plant Health - teaching ideas

Some of the teaching ideas for the International Year of Plant Health may be useful to you in finding ways to celebrate.

Read the interviews with authors about their rainforest-themed books. The books are perfect for reading aloud to your class or for independent reading by your more advanced readers.

Rebecca Johnson - Rainforest Camp

Rebecca Johnson author of the junior fiction Rainforest Camp chapter book which won the Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children’s Literature in 2017.

Karen Tyrrell Rainforest Rescue

Karen Tyrrell author of the Song Bird Superhero junior fiction chapter book Rainforest Rescue.

Aleesah Darlison author of Stripes in the Forest

Aleesah Darlison author of Stripes in the Forest, a story of the last wild thylacine.

Muza Ulasowski Illustrator Forest Wonder picture book Australian animals Caroline Tuohey

Muza Ulasowski illustrator of Forest Wonder, a gorgeous book written by Caroline Tuohey that celebrates animals of the Australian forest.

6 June Queensland Day

Queensland Day celebrates the date that my home state Queensland separated from New South Wales and achieved status as an independent colony in 1859.

The koala is the Queensland state animal emblem.

Little Koala's party - a story for problem-solving

The interactive problem solving lesson Little Koala’s Party and related lessons and activities are perfect to use at this time.

Queensland Day Posters

The printable Queensland Day Posters include a map of Australia, the Queensland flag, coat of arms, animal and floral emblems, bird and aquatic emblems — 10 posters in all, plus information about each.

Queensland Day Word Search

Queensland Day Word Search is a fun activity to use when celebrating Queensland Day.

June days and events to celebrate in the classroom

For these and other dates to celebrate in June, refer to the free list June Days and Events to Celebrate in the Classroom, which I have now updated for 2021.

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    Every month should be a good one for the environment, eh? Thanks for reading and commenting, Jim.

    you’re right, every month should be a good one for the environment. Just like every day should be Mother’s Day! 🙂

    I hope ths comment comes through Norah – Jetpack unexpectedly closed the connection and mine was ‘lost’. Very informative post and so well set out too. I hope these days are internationally acknowledged. I’m saving this post to use on social media when June is underway.

    Thank you for your persistence, Susan. I’m pleased to know you will promote the dates also.

    Thank you, robbie. It is an important topic. I don’t think we can be reminded too often.

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