Monday, April 16, 2018

Earth Day Fun and Freebies!

Since the first Earth Day, on April 22, 1970 - teachers, professors and students have been learning and working together to help make the earth a better place for future generations.  Earth Day is a great time to link what we do in our classrooms to the real world - whether by a simple activity to help with student awareness, to a large thematic unit, to an executed project that aligns with the 2018 Earth Day Theme - Plastic Pollution.

Earth Day 2018 Teacher Resources can be found on the Earth Day website. This year's resources are web-based and cross curricular and turn-key. The K-12 packet available has activities, video links, discussion questions and engaging activities for all grade levels.

The goal of Earth Days - present and past - is to help grow economically aware and environmentally literate students.

There are four components that the EDN's End Plastic Pollution campaign focuses on:
  • Grassroots movement to form the adoption of a worldwide effort to regulate plastic pollution
  • Educate, then mobilize, then lead citizens to action - worldwide - to demand the clean up and regulation of plastic pollution
  • Educate all in each individuals' responsibility to reduce, reuse and recycle plastics
  • Man a campaign where local governments regulate plastic pollution
The president of the Earth Day Network sums up the "History of Earth Day" and provides a wonderful link to a Walter Cronkite CBS News Special from 1970 - great for older students to watch and analyze - beyond Earth Day - as a glimpse of the world in 1970. Perfect to lead discussion about what has changed and what has stayed the same.

Hint: The Earth Day Network's website is a great resource for all kinds of environmental issue awareness, lessons and toolkits for classroom use year round. This one from 2017 is still relevant today as it highlights Climate Change and efforts we can all make to work together for a brighter tomorrow. These lessons are not only meant to education, but to inspire students to act locally and globally.

Remember that helping our students become environmentally literate stewards of the earth is an everyday task - with many challenges. Plus - we all love Freebies!

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Elizabeth Chapin-Pinotti

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