I have included 2 additional activities to accompany the paragraph writing flip book. These can all be used on Earth Day or during any environmental discussions with your class.
i) Find Someone Who...: Students each get their own “Find Someone Who...” worksheet. Discuss the content of the squares with the students before having them circulate the classroom to “Find Someone Who...” When students find a match for a square, they can write down the initials of the student who said “yes”. Encourage students to elaborate on their experiences. Set an allotted time and have students share some of their findings. Are there any ways that we can help the Earth that were not discussed?
ii) Earth Day Paragraph Flip Book: Students will be guided step- by-step to develop a creative and comprehensive paragraph about “3 Ways I Can Help Save The Earth". This is the perfect activity to use during Earth Day. The flip books look great on display!
Included in the paragraph flip book:
1) 3 Ways I Can Help Save the Earth (create a cover page for their topic)
2) Brainstorm page (space for students to brainstorm)
3) Three Details (students choose their most relevant, important, and interesting ideas)
4) Opening and closing sentences (space to write opening and closing sentence)
5) Success Criteria Checklist
6) My paragraph (students put all their planning together to create a paragraph)
Additionally, I have included a rubric if you wish to provide a level and feedback for this assignment.
iii) Love letter to the Earth: This is one of my favourite activities. Take students on a walk to soak in the beauty of nature. Have them find a quiet spot to sit, reflect, and fill out their graphic organizer on what they hear, see, feel, smell, and wonder. Encourage students to be as descriptive as possible and to pay attention to the little details around them. When they return, have students use their graphic organizer as a starting point for writing a love letter to nature using the heart template. Students may choose to write a little poem or a few lines expressing their love of nature. For example, some of my students have written a love letter to a tree or to the fresh air! Once completed take your students back outside to hold up their love letters in nature and snap a few photos.
I hope you enjoy!