Earth Day 2017: Stand Up! Join Up! Take Action!

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Objectives: Learn about Earth Day. Identify 3 ways planting trees helps the environment. Plan and act on an idea that helps revitalize Earth.

Activity: Students create a 3 D pyramid about Earth Day. Students read an internet article (sponsored by the National Forests) about the importance of trees. After reading the article, and building the pyramid, students answer questions, and create a plan to make our Earth healthier than it is!

This activity is a good way to discuss Earth day, and encourage students to take action around their homes or school. If possible, obtain plants or small trees to help students revitalize their school yard.

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Discuss what environmental literacy means. What do students think is important for people to know about the environment? Brainstorm a list in small groups or with the entire class. How will people learn these things?

Discuss what climate literacy means. What do students think is important for people to know about climate? Brainstorm a list in small groups or with the entire class. How will people learn these things?


Answer Key: Earth Day began in 1970. It has been observed for 47 years.

Planting trees helps the environment in the following ways:
1. helps to keep the banks of rivers and ponds stable and improve water quality.
2. helps renew places for wildlife to live, even endangered species.
3. helps work against climate change by reducing the amount of carbon dioxide in the air.

FDR = Franklin D. Roosevelt (32nd President - He won 4 Presidential elections!)

Encourage students to make everyday an Earth Day!

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