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April 5, 2016 Celebrate Earth Day With Free Scholastic Printables! By Allie Magnuson
Grades PreK–K, 1–2

    My class started learning about Earth Day early this year. To help you get a head start too, I decided to share what we've done. And Scholastic is giving my readers free access to the exact set of printables I used! Each one of the images is contained in a great Printables package called Environmental Awareness: April Ideas & Activities. This offer is only available for a limited time, so hurry and get yours now!

     

    Mother Nature

    Last month, we took a walk around the schoolyard to observe our trees and communal school garden. Some students looked through binoculars to get a close-up, kid's-eye-view of birds. Others planted or watered flowers, pulled weeds, or picked vegetables. Still others collected ladybugs and butterflies.

    A student looks at birds in a tree through binoculars for Earth Day Two kids watering flowers for Earth Day

    Two kids picking vegetables in the garden for Earth Day Students catch ladybugs and butterflies to observe for Earth Day

    We talked about how different kinds of trees and plants exist in different environments and have different ecosystems. We discussed which familiar animals make their homes in and /or eat trees and plants, and what we can do to help preserve nature, such as pick up our trash and recycle.

    Students go on a nature walk for Earth Day Students go on a nature walk for Earth Day

    Students go on a nature walk for Earth Day

    Back in the classroom, we had a lot to look at: bark and birds' nests, bugs and buds, feathers and flowers, and fallen leaves. We also examined slides under a microscope. Then we made journals about what we saw, and we each filled out a personal pledge to protect the planet.

    Students observe artifacts found on a nature walk for Earth Day  

    Screenshot of Printable Earth Day PledgesScreenshot of Printable Earth Day Book Cover

    Earth Day Pledge and Book or Journal Cover

     

    Where the Wild Things Are

    I made an interactive chart for students to sort animals into two groups based on where they can be found (near trees or in gardens). I Google searched patterns for the specific animals we talked about earlier, which were very diverse for the tree group: from the giraffe in Africa, to the monkey in the Amazon rainforest, to the koala in Australia. The garden group included butterflies, ladybugs, snails, and worms.

    An interactive chart with Velcro animal pieces to sort for Earth Day Screenshot of Printable Leaves for Earth DayScreenshot of Printable Tree for Earth Day

     

    Freshly Picked

    Finally, we invited families to an Earth Day celebration where we ate fruits that came from trees (apples, oranges, lemons, and grapefruit) and vegetables that came from a garden (carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, and radishes). 

    Kids eating fruits and vegetables for Earth Day Kids eating fruits and vegetables for Earth Day

    Kids eating fruits and vegetables for Earth Day Kids eating fruits and vegetables for Earth Day

    Screenshot of Printable Earth Day Party Invitations Screenshot of Printable Earth Day Party Nametags

       Earth Day Party Invitations and Name Tags

    To put back what we took, we planted new seeds in the school garden. 

    Two girls planting flowers in a garden for Earth Day

     

    Earth Day's not even here yet, so we have plenty more things to do, but it's been fun so far! Let me know how you and your kiddos are preparing for Earth Day.

    My class started learning about Earth Day early this year. To help you get a head start too, I decided to share what we've done. And Scholastic is giving my readers free access to the exact set of printables I used! Each one of the images is contained in a great Printables package called Environmental Awareness: April Ideas & Activities. This offer is only available for a limited time, so hurry and get yours now!

     

    Mother Nature

    Last month, we took a walk around the schoolyard to observe our trees and communal school garden. Some students looked through binoculars to get a close-up, kid's-eye-view of birds. Others planted or watered flowers, pulled weeds, or picked vegetables. Still others collected ladybugs and butterflies.

    A student looks at birds in a tree through binoculars for Earth Day Two kids watering flowers for Earth Day

    Two kids picking vegetables in the garden for Earth Day Students catch ladybugs and butterflies to observe for Earth Day

    We talked about how different kinds of trees and plants exist in different environments and have different ecosystems. We discussed which familiar animals make their homes in and /or eat trees and plants, and what we can do to help preserve nature, such as pick up our trash and recycle.

    Students go on a nature walk for Earth Day Students go on a nature walk for Earth Day

    Students go on a nature walk for Earth Day

    Back in the classroom, we had a lot to look at: bark and birds' nests, bugs and buds, feathers and flowers, and fallen leaves. We also examined slides under a microscope. Then we made journals about what we saw, and we each filled out a personal pledge to protect the planet.

    Students observe artifacts found on a nature walk for Earth Day  

    Screenshot of Printable Earth Day PledgesScreenshot of Printable Earth Day Book Cover

    Earth Day Pledge and Book or Journal Cover

     

    Where the Wild Things Are

    I made an interactive chart for students to sort animals into two groups based on where they can be found (near trees or in gardens). I Google searched patterns for the specific animals we talked about earlier, which were very diverse for the tree group: from the giraffe in Africa, to the monkey in the Amazon rainforest, to the koala in Australia. The garden group included butterflies, ladybugs, snails, and worms.

    An interactive chart with Velcro animal pieces to sort for Earth Day Screenshot of Printable Leaves for Earth DayScreenshot of Printable Tree for Earth Day

     

    Freshly Picked

    Finally, we invited families to an Earth Day celebration where we ate fruits that came from trees (apples, oranges, lemons, and grapefruit) and vegetables that came from a garden (carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, and radishes). 

    Kids eating fruits and vegetables for Earth Day Kids eating fruits and vegetables for Earth Day

    Kids eating fruits and vegetables for Earth Day Kids eating fruits and vegetables for Earth Day

    Screenshot of Printable Earth Day Party Invitations Screenshot of Printable Earth Day Party Nametags

       Earth Day Party Invitations and Name Tags

    To put back what we took, we planted new seeds in the school garden. 

    Two girls planting flowers in a garden for Earth Day

     

    Earth Day's not even here yet, so we have plenty more things to do, but it's been fun so far! Let me know how you and your kiddos are preparing for Earth Day.

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