Earth Day is around the corner. Combine your National Poetry Month celebration with Earth research to create main idea writing pieces in poetic form.
This week, Earth Day was introduced to students as a topic of interest. I use the term "topic of interest" as a way to promote student intrigue in the idea that I am pitching. I write the topic on the board and then ask the question, “What do we want to know about this topic?” I ask students to talk with each other about the topic and then to ask any questions they might have. Questions are posted to the board for everyone to see.
Students are then asked to choose a way to research the topic. They can use the questions that we created as a whole class, or they can write down questions of their own. Student research is guided with appropriate books, articles, and websites. Students are also offered a note-taking form where they can document their research.
I ask students to present their information in a poetic way. I explain that they need to choose a form of poetry as their writing style when sharing what they have learned about the Earth and/or Earth Day. We brainstorm the types of poetry we have covered by listing them on chart paper. The list is posted in the room for those that are unsure of what type of poem they would like to create. Those who are ready to write, write. Rough draft poems are created in their writer’s notebooks and checked by a peer and then me, before students are allowed to publish.
The final presentation piece of our Earth research is an art drawing. Once writing is complete, students use a half sheet of white construction paper to draw the Earth. They color with crayon only and have the option to add little “extras” in their background. Everything must be in crayon as I mix small cups of black tempera paint and water for students to paint over the whole page, creating a crayon resist art.
In the end students have taken the time to research, share their findings, and use their creativity to write and draw. I love the variety of poems that are created and how students find a way to use just the right words to describe the Earth and Earth Day.
Are you looking for more great ways to celebrate Earth Day? Top Teacher blogger Meghan Everette has a fantastic post on "Ecology and Choice: 16 Student Projects for Earth Day."
How do you incorporate Earth Day into your learning environment?
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