By brainstorming and writing, students are encouraged to think about their favorite outdoor spaces and the importance of protecting them.
Skills supporting learning standards: writing informative/explanatory text
To begin this lesson, ask students to brainstorm a list of their favorite places to go outside. These places might include local parks, community gardens, front yards, or their favorite vacation spots. Ask students:
- Why are these places important to you? (Encourage students to discuss the kinds of games and activities that they play there.)
- Why is it important to protect these outdoor spaces? (Remind students it’s important so kids can enjoy these spaces in the future.)
- What can we do to protect them? (Encourage students to consider recycling, planting trees, not littering, not wasting water, etc.)
Distribute the student reproducible and review the information with your students. Have each student work independently to develop a creative story that answers one of these questions. Encourage students to think about the role energy conservation played or could play in each situation and incorporate this into their stories. Students can illustrate their stories when done. Ask students to volunteer to read their stories aloud.
As a follow-up activity, make a class storybook that celebrates Earth with the students’ creative short stories.