Engage Your Students in Earth Day

Posted by Big Universe on Apr 20, 2014 4:04:17 AM

Every April, we come together to recognize Earth Day, and this year, Earth Day falls on Tuesday, April 22nd. Whether you are organizing a Go Green campaign at your school, inviting students to adopt an endangered animal, or simply reading a few environmental books in your classroom, there is a way for everyone to get involved with Earth Day! Use the Big Universe e-books below to engage your students in the celebration.

Earth Day e-Books for Grades K-2:

Cleaning Our SchoolCleaningSchool
by Suzanne Barchers
ISBN: 9780743908764

A big, summer storm left the school in this book a mess! The students, parents, and other volunteers worked to clean it up. They make teams to pick up aluminum cans, plastic bottles, and glass. After everything is cleaned up, they use graphs to show how much of each item they collected. They take these items to be recycled. They use the money they earn to help build a new playground. What does your school need, and how can you help? 32pp.

A Mountain of TrashMountainTrash
by Loren I. Charles

Have you ever wondered where your trash goes after it is picked up? Did you know that leaves and grass are a type of trash called yard waste? The answers to these questions and more can be found in this book. Discover the many ways addition can be used to learn about trash. 32pp.

 

Recycle, Reduce, ReuseRRR
by Suzanne Barchers

The students in this book want to protect the environment. The students use graphs to show the many ways they can reduce, reuse, and recycle. They can reduce the amount water they use. They can reuse paper. But it is recycling that really gets them excited. The students bring in old cans and bottles. They use a graph to find out how much money they can earn. They will use the money they earn for an Earth Day party. Do you want to join them? 32pp.

Nature Recycles--How About You?NatureRecycles
by Michelle Lord (author), Cathy Morrison (illustrator) © 2013
ISBN: 9781607186397

From sea urchins in the Atlantic Ocean to bandicoots on the Australian savanna, animals recycle all over the world. Explore how different animals in different habitats use recycled material to build homes, protect themselves, and get food. This fascinating collection of animal facts will teach readers about the importance of recycling and inspire them to take part in protecting and conserving the environment by recycling in their own way.

Molly's Organic FarmMollys
by Carol L. Malnor and Trina Hunner (authors), Trina Hunner (illustrator) © 2012
ISBN: 9781584692294 AR: Book Level 2.9 / Points 0.0

Whoosh . . . the wind blows open a creaky gate. Inquisitive and mischievous, a homeless little cat scampers through – and suddenly finds herself in the wondrous world of an organic farm! Affectionately named “Molly” by the farmers who discover her, she romps, naps, and hunts among the vegetables. Seen through Molly’s eyes, the reader discovers the interplay of nature that grows wholesome food. But what will happen to Molly when winter comes? Based on a true story, Molly will touch children’s hearts while introducing them to plants and the key elements of growing food organically. Standards-based science concepts and activities at the end of the book expand the message of the story.

Earth Day e-Books for Grades 3-5:

Growing Good FoodGrowing
by Anne Flounders (author) © 2014
ISBN: 9781939656315 AR: / Points 1.0 / Quiz 163181

Have you thought about where your food comes from? Do you know the difference between organic and nonorganic foods, and is organic always a more healthful choice? Some farmers have opened their farms to the local community to help grow and pick crops. In this book, you’ll read why community-supported agriculture is growing fast and how the choices you make at the grocery store can make a big difference in Earth’s health as well as your own. Book features: Table of Contents; Glossary; For More Information including books and web sites; Index; photos and captions; charts and graphs; source notes.

Reducing WasteReducing
by Anne Flounders (author) © 2014
ISBN: 9781939656346 AR: / Points 0.5 / Quiz 163186

You know the 3Rs: reduce, reuse, and recycle. But what does it really mean and why is it important to cut back on waste? Each year, businesses and homes in the United States throw away enough garbage to equal 251 million elephants. Where would we keep that many elephants? More to the point, where does all that garbage go? Discover why waste is creating problems for Earth and how you can reduce, reuse, and recycle now. Book features: Table of Contents; Glossary; For More Information including books and web sites; Index; photos and captions; charts and graphs; source notes.

Earth Day e-Books for Grades 6-8:

Our Footprint on EarthFootprint
by Jeanne Sturm © 2010
ISBN: 9781606944080 AR: Book Level 6.4 / Points 0.5 / Quiz 132422 / Interest Level MG

Learn about the impact that humans have on the Earth, its environment, and how to reduce the damage.

 

Farmed OutFarmedOut
by Christy Goerzen (author) © 2011
ISBN: 9781554699100 AR: Book Level 3.8 / Points 2.0 / Quiz 146753 / Interest Level MG

Maddie has big-city dreams, and this summer she’s found her chance to visit New York. An art magazine is holding a portrait painting contest, and the first prize is an all-expenses-paid trip to the Big Apple. Maddie plans to win, but her mother has different plans for her: a mother-daughter adventure in organic farming. Maddie is furious. How will she find an inspiring subject for her portrait amid the goat poop and chickens? And worse, her new age mother’s attempts at pig reiki are an embarrassment. But Maddie befriends the farmer’s daughter, Anna, and between dodging her mother and doing her chores, she finds the perfect subject for the portrait contest.

Earth Day e-Books for High School:

Global Warming RL 6GlobalWarming
by Saddleback Educational Publishing (author) © 2009
ISBN: 9781602916777

Features include: Reading level 3 books are Fountas-Pinnell level O, P, and Q; reading level 6 books are Fountas-Pinnell level W. Scientific terms are defined in context. Identical dramatic four-color covers (back cover band identifies books that are lower level). Teacher’s Guides with reproducible activities allow students to work from either text. Glossary defines difficult terms. “Did You Know?” sections contain interesting facts. End-of-book “Facts & Figures” section summarizes critical information. The index takes students directly to topics of interest.

Go Organic RL 6GoOrganic
by Saddleback Educational Publishing (author) © 2009
ISBN: 9781602916784

Features include: Reading level 3 books are Fountas-Pinnell level O, P, and Q; reading level 6 books are Fountas-Pinnell level W. Scientific terms are defined in context. Identical dramatic four-color covers (back cover band identifies books that are lower level). Teacher’s Guides with reproducible activities allow students to work from either text. Glossary defines difficult terms. “Did You Know?” sections contain interesting facts. End-of-book “Facts & Figures” section summarizes critical information. The index takes students directly to topics of interest.

Earth Day in the Classroom:

How do you plan to celebrate Earth Day in your classroom? Which books are you excited to read?

Topics: Classroom Ideas, Integration Ideas, Reading Lists, Literacy

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