Friday, April 18, 2014

Earth Day Bulletin Board

With Earth Day coming up on April 22 I thought it would be a good idea to share a bulletin board I made last year with my grade 3/4 class. After reading the Lorax by Dr. Suess the students were inspired to write about what they could do to help protect our earth. They came up with ideas about recycling, composting, picking up trash, walking, biking, or carpooling instead of driving, planting a garden or a tree, and other great ideas. As a class during lunch time we read 'Judy Moody Saves the World' which is a cute book about the theme of protecting the earth by recycling, protecting endangered species, and rain forests. 

We also made coffee filter earths by colouring coffee filters with blue and green felt markers, and making the felt marker colours blend together by adding a small amount of water on top of the coloured coffee filters. We used straws by dipping the straw in a cup of water holding a finger over the top of the straw and putting the straw over the coffee filter and then lifting your finger, so that a small amount of water goes onto the coffee filter and blurs the green and blue colours together. We then let our wet coloured coffee filters dry over night. 

Inaddition we also made a promise that we would each make one change that will help our environment. This change might include: recycling, composting, not littering, turing off lights or electronics when they are not in use. We made this promise by painting one of our hands blue and green and then making a handprint to include on our bulletin board. 

Make sure to check out my new Earth Day product: Celebrate Earth Day With 21 Task Cards. This product contains 21 Earth Day related task cards and all of the supporting worksheets, graphic organizers, and activities needed to complete the tasks on the 21 task cards. Each task card includes directions for an interactive and engaging activity or includes a question that will encourage thinking about our impact as humans on our environment.  

This products includes:
Earth Day KWL
21 Earth Day task cards. 
My three healthy habits promise.
Making a list graphic organizer
What might go in a compost? Art Activity
Earth Day Letter writing page
Earth Day writing paper
Earth Day collage pages
Learning about my local recycling facility page
Helping the Earth true and false worksheet (includes answer key).

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