Saturday, April 18, 2015

Earth Day Awareness {and some freebies!}

Earth Day is coming up this week on Wednesday, April 22nd. It's a day set aside for spreading the word about what people can do to help preserve the environment. Do you include lesson plans or activities in your homeschooling to introduce awareness? Or maybe it's a general practice in your family already - a day-to-day playbook that you follow.

I'm a firm believer in using land to grow more than just grass and decorative bushes. Those aren't inherently bad things to grow, and I know not everyone has a green thumb for taking care of more than a basic yard {so by all means, plant grass and bushes if that's all you can do}. If the majority of land-owning people could plant at least a small garden, or grow fruit trees, in their yards, I believe that not only would the natural environment improve, but a person's health would improve, and by sharing an abundance of produce with neighbors or people in need, societal environment improves as well.

But if nothing else, you can help your child be more aware of what can happen to soil when all the plants are removed and not replaced with more plants. This happens in rainforests when the land is clearcut mercilessly. A unit on rainforests is good to do around this time.

If you have just a little time to devote to awareness, consider this science project that shows how soil erosion takes place. Added bonus for this project: it re-uses plastic bottles, a vital lesson for Earth Day.

And now, for you, some Earth Day freebies {I love a good deal!} from Educents. Great to add to your lessons this week! (These are my affiliate links.)

10 Earth Day Freebies for Kids

  1. Earth Day Sort - Help kids learn the difference between reducing, reusing, and recycling!
  2. Happy Earth Day Writing Activity - Kids of all ages can reflect on ways their family, school, and themselves can help keep the Earth healthy. Also encourages handwriting practice!
  3. Earth Day Coloring Pages - Creative kiddos can color the Earth with their colors of choice, or follow the color-by-code page to add critical thinking to art hour.
  4. Earth Day Poof! Subtraction to 5 - This Earth Day themed game builds fluency with subtraction facts to 5. It can be played in a small group or as a partner game. It is a fun way to practice those facts!
  5. Earth Day Word Search Freebie - Enjoy this Earth Day themed word search puzzle with 21 eco-friendly terms like atmosphere, compost, and recycle.
  6. Earth Day Bookmarks - The perfect Earth Day treat for your students. Available in full-color and black-and-white.
  7. Earth Day Survey and Graph - A fun and different way to practice graphing in your classroom while encouraging collaboration between students.
  8. Spring Coloring Book - Let your little ones COLOR & SPELL Spring words.
  9. Love the Earth Mystery Picture Graph - Students will love discovering the mystery picture by coloring in the correct squares on the alphanumeric grid using the coordinates given. This is a great addition to an Earth Day or recycling unit!
  10. April 2015 Journal - A month of free journaling for learners age 8 to 100! Read about important historic, artistic, and current events that happened during the month of April - including J. Robert Oppenheimer's birthday and Earth Day on April 22nd. Then develop vocabulary and critical thinking skills.
Want to turn your Earth Day celebration into an educational experience? Discover new ways to learn about the amazing planet we live on (without breaking the bank!) --> Earth Day learning resources.

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