Friday, April 20, 2012

Earth Gone Wild

Earth Day has become a big deal in the past few years!  You see it on the news, you hear it in the classrooms, you may even have a local event that encourages sustainability.  But how many of you really do something about it or encourage your students to follow through with their amazing ideas to keep our world liveable for all of us?  Why not start this year and encourage your students by first reading one of my favorite books, "A River Ran Wild" by Lynne Cherry
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This book is full of information and history about a river that has changed over time because of pollution. I especially love the information provided and artifacts that surround each page. It is based on a true story and documents how when people work together they can change actions from our past. When you are finished reading it and showing the pictures, your students will have an understanding of how our actions change the world in which we live and hopefully they will feel inspired to take an active part in caring for it.

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I've created a short unit that focuses on critical thinking and writing skills.  It encourages your students to think about their world and come up with an action plan to make it a better place.  It incorporates a writing piece.

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And I've included a choice board for them to extend their ideas and learning.  They will gain some experience writing persuasive letters, creating models, and sharing their ideas with other students, classes, and their community!

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So, celebrate Earth Day by giving your students the power to think, create, solve, and be involved.  Our Earth and all of us will benefit from their caring and responsible thinking!


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