Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Earth Day is celebrated April 22nd!
What we should and should not do with the Earth: The Earth is our home. Nature is one of God’s beautiful creations and wonders. It has been offered to us as a gift. It has everything we need to live.
A Little History:
How (and when) the Earth Day concept became so popular ~ In the early 1970’s scientific evidence of environmental pollution was increasing and many people began to think and talk about what could be done to help reduce pollution. This resulted in an increase of recycling practices that paved the way for other eco-friendly activities which are now common practice in communities around the U.S. It’s important to note, however, that a ‘green’ or nature loving mindset is not New Age as some might refer to it. In fact, having an Earth or Nature based mindset and lifestyle is rooted in the Old Ways, as Mother Nature and the environment were very important to many ancient civilizations, whose traditions continue today through various cultural practices beyond the once-a-year Earth Day celebrations.
E-A-R-T-H Lesson Plan:
This plan can be approached as a week-long lesson, focusing on one letter each day.
E is for Environment: Ask the child(ren) what they consider to be their environment (it is all living and nonliving things). Perhaps have them draw a picture of it. Go on a nature walk or have a picnic at a park. Participate in wildlife observation or take a walk around and identify habitats. You can expand the lesson by cleaning up trash you see to beautify your surroundings.
A is for Air: Lots of planets have atmospheres but only the Earth (that we know of) has breathable air. Discuss air, pollution or do an air related experiment.
R is for Recycle: Discuss the benefits of recycling; what can be recycled? Discuss different materials: plastic, paper, glass, aluminum. Create a recycling center in your home.
T is for Trees: Trees are the lungs of the Earth. Discuss Arbor Day, which is held the last Friday in April, and the importance of trees. You can discuss forests, rain forests, parks, nature reserves, etc. Take a walk at a park or nature reserve and observe different types of trees.
H is for Helping Hands: We all have to take an active role in caring for our planet. If we do our part with what we have, then everyone gets to benefit from and enjoy the earth. Discuss what you and your family can do to take an active role. Do a helping hands (hand prints) wreath with a globe picture in the center or a hand print pledge craft where each finger represents one of the letters: E-A-R-T-H.
Poems: Earth themed