Here are some lesson ideas and literacy/math activities I do in our Kindergarten classroom around Earth Day!
p.2: Earth Day Unit Curriculum Expectations and Sample Learning Goal & Success Criteria
p. 3-40: 8 Earth Day Lessons with Corresponding Anchor Chart Pieces
Books used in the lessons are:
- The EARTH book by Todd Parr
- Why Should I Protect Nature? by Jen Green
- Why Should I Save Energy? by Jen Green
- I Can Save the Earth by Alison Inches
- The Magic School Bus Gets Recycled by Anne Capeci
p. 41-42: Earth Day Writing Paper: Students draw or write to respond to the question "What can you do to care for the Earth?"
p. 43-44: Can You Make the Earth? I set these printables out with a cork round and some green/blue loose parts and the book "The EARTH book" by Todd Parr. I have the students create their own Earth on the cork round. They can choose to record their Earth on these printables. They can choose to trace "The Earth is green and blue." or create their own sentence.
p. 45-46: Earth Play Dough Mats: I set these out with green and blue play dough. Students are invited to create Earth with play dough. I print them double sided. Students can choose the blank circle to create their own or fill out the Earth the has the lines in it. Then they create the letters with play dough to spell "Earth" at the bottom.
p. 2-7: Recycling Bin Number Puzzle (Numbers 1-20): I add velcro to the top of the mat (p.47-48) and on the back of the cards (p. 50-56). Students find the 3 ways to represent a number and place them at the top of the mat. Then they can either build them with the mini plastic bottle cards, play dough or any small manipulative (I use plastic bottle caps to tie in with the reusing lesson we do).
p. 57: Garbage Truck Number Order Puzzle: Laminate and cut the puzzle apart. Students can use the number strip provided at the top to support them as they put the number puzzle in order.
p. 58-61: Roll & Cover Recyclables: Practice identifying numbers with this game! The game can be played alone or with a partner. Students roll the dice (provided) and cover the numeral they roll. The first mat has numbers 1-6 and the second mat has numbers 5-10.
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