Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Earth Day Activities

We are celebrating Earth Day this week and learning all about the three R's - reduce, reuse and recycle!

We started  with the story It's Earth Day! by Mercer Mayer.  

We learned about the 3 R's - reduce, reuse and recycle. 

We watched a video about how global warming is affecting wildlife, especially the polar bears.  We made this anchor chart with ideas of how to save the polar bears. 

We did an experiment that showed how the ice is melting in the arctic and soon the polar bears will have no where to live. I mixed some baking soda with water and spread it in a plastic container.  This looked a lot like ice and I could mold it to look like ice burgs.  I put a small polar bear on the ice to show where it lives.

I used a small squirt bottle for the liquid and added water to 2 T of citric acid.  I also added some blue food coloring to make it look like water.  When we squirted the solution on the "ice" it began to melt. This experiment showed the students how the ice is melting and the polar bears are losing their homes because of global warming.

We made a flip book about how we can help to save the Earth by reducing, reusing and recycling.

We learned about which items in our trash can be recycled, used as compost and what is simply garbage.  Each student had a picture to add to our large class anchor chart called "Where should it go?" They also made their own chart. 

The students were divided up into teams to play the game "Save The Earth".  Students moved around the game board and read cards with different clues to help save the Earth.  Students had to decide if this clue would help them reduce, reuse or recycle.  

Finally, we recycled old magazines by tearing out the pages with blue and green color. The students tore them up into small pieces and then glued them on a large picture of the Earth.

They finished off the week by writing how they could save the Earth!

We had a great time learning about Earth Day and how we can all work together to save our planet!