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Earth Day

Earth Day is celebrated April 22nd!

My son's Earth Day Tree craft

My son’s Earth Day tree craft – we used his hand and wrist outline to make the tree.

Related Posts:

Our World

Nature Reserve

Nature’s Classroom

Celebrating & Protecting Wildlife

Recommended Books:

  • Earth Day Every Day by Lisa Bullard
  • Earth Day-Hooray! by Stuart J. Murphy
  • Recycle by Gail Gibbons
  • Recycle Everyday by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace
  • Earthdance by Joanne Ryder
  • The Great Trash Bash by Loreen Leedy
  • Stuff!: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle by Steven Kroll
  • Miss Fox’s Class Goes Green by Eileen Spinelli
  • Earth Day (Robin Hill School series) by Margaret McNamara
  • Cloverleaf Books’ Planet Protectors series by Lisa Bullard
  • Bless This House: A Bedtime Prayer For The World by Leslie Staub
  • What Happens To Our Trash? by D. J. Ward (Let’s Read and Find Out Science)
  • Nature’s Paintbox: A Seasonal Gallery of Art and Verse by Patricia Thomas
  • The Little Hands Nature Book: Earth, Sky, Critters & More by Nancy F. Castaldo
  • EcoArt! Earth-Friendly Art & Craft Experiences for 3 to 9 year olds by Laurie Carlson
  • The Green Mother Goose: Saving The World One Rhyme At A Time by Jan Peck and David Davis
  • I (Heart) Love God’s Green Earth: Devotions for Kids Who Want to Take Care of God’s Creation by Michael & Caroline Carroll

Theme Ideas:

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.

  • We should: acknowledge it, respect it, take care/protect it, share it, connect with it, etc.
  • We should not: abuse it, destroy it, pollute it, take advantage of it, abandon it, etc.

Other themes:

  • What is the environment?
  • What does earth-friendly or eco-friendly mean?
  • Importance of clean water
  • Recycle, Reuse, Reduce
  • Conservation: water and energy
  • What does going or living ‘green’ mean?
  • What are natural resources?
  • Plant a tree or garden
  • Visit a nature reserve
  • Participate in a community clean up event

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

Related Resources:

  • DLTK’s Earth Day and Arbor Day sections have great ideas for activities, crafts, songs, poems and general information about both days.
  • Education.com’s Earth Day section has themed worksheets, crafts and activity ideas, as well as related coloring pages.
  • PBS Kids has numerous Earth Day related online games.
  • Songs For Teaching has a nice selection of Earth Day themed songs. Their catalog offers the lyrics as well as a button to listen to the songs.
  • Starfall has an online Earth Day story activity.
  • National Geographic Young Explorer has an interactive story titled Our Good Earth (2nd story on link).

2 comments on “Earth Day

  1. Joy on a Shoestring
    April 19, 2012

    Hi, I really enjoy reading your blog so I’ve nominated it for a Versatile Blogger award: http://bit.ly/IUFXvL
    You deserve it!

    • Sofia
      April 19, 2012

      Thank you Vanessa. I enjoy your site as well. It is good to see the blog community bringing together home schooling parents. 🙂

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