“In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we have been taught.” ― Baba Dioum
Earth Day is an important time of year, that falls during an unfortunate time of the year for us – NJ Ask Test Prep. However, its central message is so important that it is one that simply cannot be ignored. With the obvious signs of climate change, the continued depletion of valuable natural resources, and the devastating effects we are beginning to see throughout the world as a result of both, educators must take the time to demonstrate their support for this cause.
Earth Day is an annual event that is celebrated on April 22. It is a day on which events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970 as a day to honor the Earth and the concept of peace. Today it is celebrated in over 190 countries worldwide.
One thing I have noticed in my classroom this year is the increase of students bringing in water bottles to the classroom. The classroom is littered with them, the recycling bins overflowing with them, and the spills from them are all too common. So yesterday I decided to show my students the trailer for the movie Tapped on YouTube, not knowing if the concepts would be too complex for them. Throughout the trailer, I did pause the clip so I could paraphrase and discuss each point brought up with them (in order to check for comprehension and clear up any misconceptions they might have). I am happy to report they were fascinated and enraged by the water bottle industries actions. They were curious about BPA and the chemicals in the plastics they used every day, and of course saddened by the animals being harmed by water bottle consumption (an injured animal always sways a kid).
My students, like many people today, thought recycling was the answer. We discussed the recycling process and how it was a better solution than allowing the plastic to enter a landfill, but how it still wasn’t a good thing! We then discussed what we could do to help the Earth in our classroom. No surprise here, they realized that they could start using reusable water bottles instead of buying water in bottles that were to be thrown away after each use.
Today, take some time to talk to your students/children about the importance of protecting our Earth. It’s up to us to make a change and make things better for future generations.
In the words of Dr Seuss: Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.’
Here are some Earth Day Activities we did together as a class, as well as the links to TPT that I got the ideas and activities from.
Happy Earth Day! PEACE, LOVE, EARTH!
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