Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Teacher Resources for Earth Day... or Any Day

Science Netlinks: True Green Kids: 100 Things You Can do to Save the Planet is a 3 day lesson for grades 3-5 based on the picture book with the same title by Kim McCay and Jenny Bonnin.

ReadWriteThink: Protecting Our Precious Planet: Sharing the Message of Earth Day  This lesson is geared towards grades K-2 but can be adapted for older students. Students create an environmental message and display it by decorating borrowed brown paper bags from local grocery stores. The bags are then returned to the store for bagging use at the registers. This is a simple yet meaningful way students can share their environmental messages with the local community.

Create Public Service Announcements:  Pair students up in groups of two to search for and collect digital images about recycling, water pollution, air pollution, natural resources or other topics related to Earth Day. Using* have each pair create a 30 second video public service announcement about caring for our environment. (Grades 4 and up).
*Animoto is a user-friendly free web-based tool for creating 30 second videos super fast. Just select photos from their gallery or upload your own, add some text, select or upload your music and Animoto will do the rest. 

Thinkfinity offers several great links to other lesson plans and resources centered around Earth Day. Be sure to check them out!

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