Earth Day Unit with Opinion Writing, Crafts that support Common Core

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Day 1: Read the book, The Lorax by Dr. Seuss to your class. Discuss how the Lorax was concerned about trees. Use the Earth Day Acrostic Poem to help generate ideas about vocabulary words that describe Earth Day. Use the “Be Helpful, Not Hurtful” printable to help guide students to understand the difference.
Day 2: Make the “Earth Day Tree Craft” using Page 4 and 5. Write the ways you can help Earth on each leaf. Color and cut the leaves out. Glue leaves on the tree.
Day 3: Make a chart about what students can do to care for Earth. (Reduce, Reuse & Recycle) Have students use the chart to help them fill out page 6.
Day 4: Make an Earth Day Promise. Discuss different ways we can help Earth by changing our habits. (like turning off water when brushing our teeth) Use Pg. 7 to make and Earth Day Person for your Bulletin Board and pg. 8 to draw and write their full pledge (promise).
Day 5 Review Ways to help Earth. Print out the sentence cards on pages 18-21. Cut each card out and let students choose one. Read the sentence to the class, and decide if it is helpful or hurtful to our planet. You can also make a chart for them to glue their sentence under the right category and display in your room for further review. Use the pg. 9 or 10 to draw and write an opinion paper. *Remind students to first state their opinion and have reasons to support it.
Day 6 Take pictures of your students and glue them on page 11. Students write about how their hands can help Earth. This makes a cute display for a window or bulletin board.
Day 7 and 8: Use pages 12-15 to have students fill out a Book Report on The Lorax.
BONUS CRAFT: Lorax Inspired Glasses Craft to help celebrate!
Give students an Earth Day Certificate for learning how to be helpful to our planet at the end of the unit.


CCSS:
KINDERGARTEN CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.6 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.7 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.3 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.10 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.K.1 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.K.2 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.K.3
First Grade CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.1 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.2 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.3
Second Grade CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.7 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.2.1

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2 Weeks

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Earth Day Unit with Opinion Writing, Crafts that support C
Earth Day Unit with Opinion Writing, Crafts that support C
Earth Day Unit with Opinion Writing, Crafts that support C
Earth Day Unit with Opinion Writing, Crafts that support C