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BLAST Early Learning
Earth

Books:

I Love our Earth

I Love Our Earth
by Bill Martin Jr. and Michael Sampson

Photographs by Dan Lipow

This book  celebrates the beauty of the earth through the changing seasons.  The many sights, sounds, and colors are highlighted in vivid photographs that capture the wonder of the earth.

I StinkI Stink! by Kate and Jim McMullan

A big city garbage truck makes its rounds, consuming everything from apple cores and banana peels to leftover ziti with zucchini.

 

Rhyme:

Save the World

Save, save, save the world,
Recycle what we can.
Paper, bottles, cans, and all,
This must be our plan!

Option: Clap through song,
hold up hand and point finger on last line.

 

Song:

Recycling Song

5 bottles of pop on the wall,
5 bottles of pop,
Put one in the recycling bin,
4 bottles of pop on the wall

Continue with 4, 3, 2, and 1.

 

 

Vocabulary Word:

blossom: n. the flowering part of a plant

Example: “...and spring blossoms show.”

(taken from I Love Our Earth by Bill Martin Jr. and Michael Sampson)

 

Activities:

Coffee Filter Earth
What You Need:  coffee filters, food coloring, water droppers
What You Do:  Let your children use eyedroppers to drop blue and green colored water on a coffee filter. They will love watching the filter absorb the water. When it is done the filters look just like the earth.

Earth Day Bracelet
What You Need:  contact paper, Velcro
What You Do:  Cut contact paper into a bracelet. Make the bracelet so that it will be sticky side up. Go on a nature walk and let your children put whatever they find (grass, flowers, feathers, sticks, pebbles, etc) on the bracelet.

Recyclable Collage
What You Need:  paper, magazines, various other art supplies
What You Do:  Give your children magazines. Have them cut out and make a collage of things that are recyclable.

Recycling Games — Set up different recycling bins in one area of your classroom. Have your children sort different clean trash that you have brought (examples:  paper, plastic, aluminum).

What Is Biodegradable? — Discuss with your children what is biodegradable and what is not. Then bury things in your playground. A few weeks later dig these up and show your children the difference between biodegradable substances and non-biodegradable items.

Baggie GardenWet a paper towel, and drop it along with six white beans into a Ziploc bag.  Seal the baggie (leaving air in the bag) and put it in your window. Your children will love watching the beans grow.

Recycling Visitor — Have someone from the local recycling commission come to talk to your class about the importance of recycling.

Recycling Egg Cartons — Use old egg cartons as paint holders for your children they work better than easels (colors don't run together)

 

Literature:

The Great Trash Bash

The Great Trash Bash  by Loreen Leedy

The animal citizens of Beaston discover better ways to recycle and control their trash.

 

When the Earth WakesWhen the Earth Wakes by Ani Rucki

Accompanied by bears, the earth wakes in spring, plays in summer, gets sleepy in fall, and goes back to sleep in.

 

EarthdanceEarthdance by Lynn Reiser

As Terra performs her part in a school show about the earth and the solar system, her mother, who is an astronaut, is hurrying back from space with a special ending for the production.