Looking for an Earth Day activity for your classroom that will get students thinking and using their reading and writing skills? This Earth Day flip book may be what you are looking for. It is simple by design, can be completed quickly, looks great on display and will focus students on thinking about Earth Day. I like to run it on paper I find in the recycling box which had been copied on one side and thrown out. There are two versions (with prompts, and blank-except for the tittle and the Earth graphic on the front). Read below for further details.
What Is Included:
The Earth Day Flip Book has 4 pages (3 pages for students to complete). This Earth Flip Book has the Earth being supported on the hands of many people on the front which can be coloured by students. This flip book is designed to be simple, with minimal clip art and no cutesy pictures. The focus of this project is on thinking of what Earth Day is all about.
The Earth Day Flip Book comes with TWO versions.
Version 1 come with prompts and lines printed on each page.
Version 2 is blank (no lines or prompts). The second version still includes the title “Earth Day” and the Earth being supported by many hands on the front of the flaps. If you need to you can write on the prompts of your choosing with a pen. This is not an editable product.
How I Use The Earth Day Flip Book In My Classroom
Flap 1: Under the top, smallest flap, I read students a poem. I ask that they sketch a scene from the poem in the space provided on the flap. Sometimes I use “Ploutters," other years I will use a different poem. It depends on my students. With any poem I might use, I read the poem several times as students sketch. Students share their pencil sketched visualizations under the document camera. Students refine their sketches, then colour their picture. The line at the top of the flap is for a title.
Flap 2: Under the second flap I have students create an acrostic poem about the Earth. We brainstorm, share and draft on other paper and put our good copies in the book. Since my students are fifth graders, I ask that they write phrases or sentences for each letter, not just a single word. It’s a great time to talk about similes, metaphors and alliteration.
Flap 3: Lastly, on the largest flap, I have students write a paragraph about what they will do further to help the Earth. I ask for realistic goals and we do follow up for the next week or so to see if students can stick with their plan to help the Earth.
This project can be done relatively quickly - I complete the project in 2 days. I like to have students do the first two pages (one during reading time and the acrostic poem during writing). The second day I do the longest page (paragraph). Of course, you could spend more time on the book or even shorten it to one day if necessary. I have students color the cover as an earlier finisher activity.
**Check out the preview to see all the pages with prompts**
Happy Earth Day!
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