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Included in this packet are reading, math, and science resources related to Earth Day. Use parts of this packet as homework for the week or as part of your in-class lessons.
The vocabulary cards on pages 1-3 pertain to the reading passage on pages 5-7. The vocabulary foldable can be part of a reading or science notebook. Fold on the dotted lines, cut on the solid lines, and write definitions on the back of each section. Paste the center section into a notebook. The flaps will fold over the center section.
The reading passage is slightly differentiated for three levels. One text based comprehension set and three accompanying pages discuss main idea and supporting details, cause and effect, and similes and metaphors.
The letter writing task asks students to write from the point of view of Planet Earth. Students will use the graphic organizer and writing paper provided to write at least one, if not more paragraphs describing its treatment; and what humans can do to make Earth a healthier place. See an example letter on page 15.
The math exercises include 11 word problems that cover topics such as bar and pictographs, addition/subtraction with regrouping, basic fractions, the area and perimeter of a rectangle, elapsed time, and 2 digit x1 digit multiplication. Page 23 requires students to know the terms product and quotient to complete the basic multiplication and 3 digit division problems. (ex: 160/4=40).
Answer keys for the reading and math sections are provided at the beginning of this packet.
For the Design Challenge on page 24, students are asked to create an object that will reduce the Earth’s pollution and littering problems. They will draw the object, list the items needed to build it, and explain how it helps alleviate our pollution problems. You may decide whether you’d like students to actually follow through and build the object (if reasonable).
The Sizzling Solar Snacks on page 28 is a fun project for students to make in their solar ovens. Instructions to build the ovens are on page 27. Ask your local pizzeria for pizza boxes.
To review, the Earth Day Showdown game on page 29 is a fun way for students to think about their actions towards the Earth. Laminate or copy on card stock. Game cards on pages 30-33 should be cut out, shuffled and placed face down before beginning play.
Finally, page 34 lists a handful of fiction and nonfiction texts to explore during the week.