This comprehensive Eco Empowered Kids Kit, with 24 components, focuses specifically on teaching children about bringing a reduced waste lunch or snack to school.
Pick and choose which parts of the kit coincide best with your existing curriculum and lessons...or use them all! This kit has fun and flexible components to complement an existing science unit focusing on the Earth or waste reduction.
It can be integrated into Earth month, Earth Day activities or used any time throughout the school year when you want to teach your students how important it is to live green.
Like with all of the kits that I have developed, it consists of everything you need to encourage your students to make this habit part of their everyday life:
1.) Printable: Parent Letter - Send home or post on your blog/website.
2.) Printable: Reminder Cards - Send home with parent letter or post on your blog/website for families to print. Students can post at home as a reminder to do the eco-action.
3.) Resource: Lunchtime Changes Poem and Discussion Questions
4.) Printable: Lunchtime Changes Poem Creative Expression Page
5.) Printable: Creative Expression Page - Students can draw a picture of what the poem or eco-action means to them.
6-7.) Printable: Maze Pages - basic and advanced versions
8-9.) Printable: Word Searches - basic and advanced versions
10.) Printable: Bookmarks - 5 bookmarks on one 8.5 x 11 sheet to print and cut apart.
11.) Printable: Acrostic Poem Template
12.) Printable: Incentive Sticker Template (For use with Avery Labels 22807) - Students can wear these stickers, acknowledging them for making an eco choice. Use stickers to reward students when they complete their "I Did It" circles on several of the items in this kit.
13.) Printable: Caught You Being Eco Empowered Acknowledgement Card - 4 cards on one 8.5 x 11 sheet to print and cut apart. Designed specifically to acknowledge the eco-actions you observe at school.
14.) Printable: Achievement Certificate - Another way to reward students when they complete their "I Did It" circles on several of the items in this kit.
15.) Printable: Eco-Action Class Progress Chart - Post this chart in your classroom to record the success of each student doing the eco-action.
16.) Printable: Individual Tracker Cards - 4 cards on one 8.5 x 11 sheet to print and cut apart.
Students take a card home to track their success with the eco-action.
17.) Printable: Classroom Motivational Sign - Post on the door or bulletin board in your classroom to motivate your students
19.) Printable: Letter of Action Template to a Company or Group - Get students started writing to companies and groups, speaking out on behalf of the Earth.
20.) Printable: Letter of Action Template to a Government Official - Government officials are another audience that students can reach out to on behalf of the Earth.
21.) Resource: Coordinating Picture Book List - Great to use as a read aloud and to introduce this eco action.
22.) Resource: Coordinating Information Book List - This list provides you and your students additional book titles to guide you as you research or learn more about this eco-action and its impact on the Earth.
23.) Resource: Facts and Inspiration Sheet - Provides information regarding the impact this eco-action has on the Earth.
24.) Resource: Adult Environmental Book List - Resource to help you lead an eco life and provide information to help you lead more in depth discussions with your students.
Success in the Classroom!
I have been in the field of education for 25 years and over the past 5 years have brought variations of this kit to students. They love it so much, I just had to share it. The different activities provide a variety of ways to educate, inspire and acknowledge students for their work with the eco-action. All of the kits that I have developed have the same structure and components making it easy to introduce a new eco-action to your classroom when you are ready.
VERY IMPORTANT NOTICE:
Many of the components of the 1st-2nd grade version and the 3rd-5th grade version are similar. Please only choose the one version that works best for your students.