Composition of Earth
Natural events and human activities impact environment
Smartboard and teacher's computer
Student devices for viewing Earth's resources site / 1:1/ before class discussions
*2 sheets of blue and /or green poster board for each project-based group of students, 3/4 students to a group
* disposable gloves to wear during the "playground litter pick-up" activity
* a "reusable" grocery bag to carry litter during playground litter pick-up,or cardboard box
* small pieces of trash [ water bottles, cups, tin foil,small plastic bags, small pieces of plastic grocery bags, etc. that have been found as a part of "playground litter pick-up"]
*nature magazines, such as National Geographic [checked first for cultures who are disrobed above waist], Sierra Club magazine, AAA GO magazine, gardening and travel magazines.
*Markers, glue, stapler, tape, scissors
* Stamp pads of several different colors, if possible [but definitely one working stamp pad]
HOORAY for Earth Day...celebrating the planet we call HOME!
Students will learn about the first celebration of Earth Day on April 22nd, 1970, and why scientists, politicians, farmers, gardeners,teachers, and other concerned citizens came together to CALL ATTENTION TO POLLUTION, WASTE OF NATURAL RESOURCES, and other problems of human activity that are harming our environment. In this lesson, discussions and arts projects will reinforce student learning about the problems of humans' past behavior, and ESPECIALLY help them think of options that are environmentally responsible, both as students right now, and also in the future as adult inhabitants of the Earth.
What are the ways that citizens can be responsible caretakers of the Earth and its ecosystems, which affect our everyday lives as inhabitants of this planet? Which specific steps, and meaningful action can be taken as young students? Also, what other ways can we protect our land, water, and air, as we become responsible adults?