This year, to celebrate Earth Day, we are doing a Lorax unit. I got most of my ideas from the free download at TeachersPayTeachers.com. Here is what we are doing (I'll post pics tomorrow):
Today, I read the Lorax (complete with voices). They used this graphic organizer to write how he protected the
- Truffula Trees
After we read the book and did the graphic organizer, we then ripped up paper that would have normally been thrown away. We put the scraps in a tub and added water to soak overnight. Tomorrow, we will make our own paper. I hope to impress upon them that wasting paper is like the Once-ler chopping down all the trees.
Tomorrow, the kids will also make their own Earths (marble painting). I told them about the moustache and that I will take their pics. One girl offered to bring in an orange jacket, so they can look like the Lorax. I love it when they get involved.
I will use these writing prompts and the cute templates for display in the hallway:
I love how the book ends with the Once-ler giving the boy the last seed and tell him to take care of it. I am going to have the kids save their milk cartons from lunch (remember, we're REUSING!) and cut off the tops. I am bringing soil and will give each child a seed. We will put them in our classroom window and begin to graph it's growth (for our upcoming Science Fair). I have never been this excited about Earth Day!
"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing's going to get better. It's not."
How are you celebrating Earth Day?