- Do you make the grade? Last year my students completed a "Green Report Card" for the school. They surveyed the school, interviewed the teachers, support staff, principal and custodian. They graphed the results, and gave suggestions for improvements over the announcements. It was a fantastic activity and really got the students involved in the school. Print out your own copy here: http://www.nczoo.org/education/EducatorResources/AGreenReportCard.pdf
- Get planting! We start our seeds (indoors) for our school garden on Earth Day. We plant them a few weeks later (if the snow ever goes away, that is).
- My absolute favourite poem to read to the class on Earth Day is "Lost Generation". I have typed out the words and give handouts to the students for shared reading (this can also be done over the projector). We discuss the tone and mood of the poem as is. THEN ... (and this is the exciting part) I show them the youtube video that has the poem being read forwards and then backwards. The reaction from the students is priceless!!! At least half my class bring the poem home to share with their parents. Check out the youtube video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42E2fAWM6rA This is an effective poem for Earth Day, but is equally effective ANY DAY. It's a great poem to use when discussing mood and tone.
Earth Day Ideas ... Buried Under ALL This SNOW!
Our school will be celebrating Earth Day on Thursday. One of our tried and true activities is our annual community clean-up. The entire school is divided into groups, and each group is responsible for cleaning up an area around the school and main road. It's a great activity that gives students a real feeling of ownership over the community. Unfortunately, this year there is new snow on the ground, and the forecast is calling for more. YIKES! So, it's back to the drawing board ... indoor activities it is!