Sunday, April 21, 2013

Dear Children of the Earth

  Happy Earth Day week. I'm linking up with Collaboration Cuties for Must Read Mentor Texts.

  I plan my Science Units so that I teach natural resources in April for Earth Day. I introduce conservation of resources  by reading Dear Children of the Earth by  Schim Schimmel . It is a letter from Mother Earth to all of her children stressing the importance of taking care of her.
                                                                    
                                                                          




   After reading, the children brainstorm ideas of how they can do their part to help Mother Earth. I record their ideas on chart paper and display in the room. Each student writes a letter to Mother Earth telling how they will help. You can download a copy of the checklist I created here.
 They also make a Mother Earth craft from DLTK to display on the bulletin board along with their letters.
                                                                 

 I'm also linking up with Flying into First Grade for.....

The topic this week is My Classroom.
1. I made a special place in my room to display anchor charts. I dressed up blue clothes pins with felt flowers and hung a decorative ribbon along the bulletin board to hang the charts.


2. My little library contains book baskets in my room colors.
3. I learned how to make my own poms using tissue paper. I hung blue and green poms above my computer area.

I love my green and blue room. :)







14 comments:

  1. I love that you do natural resources around Earth Day! What a fun time to plan this unit!
    Creating Lifelong Learners

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  2. This is a great Earth Day activity! Thanks for sharing! I am a new follower :)
    Bethany
    FabandFunin4th!

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  3. This is a very cute idea! Perfect for Earth Day!! I haven't heard of this book! I'm so glad that you shared it! I love your Mother Earth, she is so cute!

    Thanks for linking up!
    Amanda
    Collaboration Cuties

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    1. Thanks for hosting the linky. I love to learn about new anchor texts!

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  4. The book sounds really sweet! Thanks for sharing, it's a new one for me!

    Jessica
    Literacy Spark

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  5. I wasn't familiar with your book. Thanks for sharing! I am going to have to go to the library and find it.

    I, also, happen to love your blue and green theme. My room is mostly blue and green, too.

    Kristin
    Teachntex

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    1. You're welcome. I like those colors. :)

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  6. This is also one of the books I picked up to look at for biomes. I also think this book would work great to talk about point of view or letter writing.
    ~April Walker
    The Idea Backpack
    Balancing the Backpack

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  7. I love your color scheme! I found your blog through tpt and I am your newest follower!

    Fashion Craze Learning Days

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    1. Thanks. I'll be over to visit your blog, also.

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