In honor of Earth Day, students brainstorm ways to conserve energy and protect Earth, and then create an Earth Day paper pledge quilt as a class.
Skills supporting learning standards: use drawing and writing to compose explanatory text, vocabulary development, participate in group discussions
- Copies of the “Celebrate Earth!” student activity sheet
Using the Activity Sheet
1. Explain to students that on April 22 people around the world celebrate Earth Day. It is a day to honor the planet and think about how to protect it and stop pollution. On Earth Day some people plant trees and flowers, clean up garbage, or do other things to help keep Earth healthy.
2. Brainstorm ways your class could help protect Earth. When relevant, explain to students which ideas can help save energy. Examples might include reading a book instead of watching TV, washing clothes in cold water, running the dishwasher only when it is full, using fans instead of air conditioners, walking short distances instead of driving, using reusable shopping bags, etc.
3. Distribute copies of the activity sheet. Use recycled paper if possible. Explain to students that you’re going to create an Earth Day pledge quilt. Using the template on the sheet, each student will pledge to do one thing to help save energy or protect the planet to make a square for the paper quilt. Read the instructions as a group and then have students complete the page.
4. Assemble the completed squares by stapling them together or by punching holes on the edges and gently sewing them together with yarn.
5. Display the quilt on a bulletin board and review the ideas presented.
Books to Explore
Our Earth: Saving Energy by Peggy Hock
Earth Day by Linda Lowery
Where Does the Garbage Go? by Paul Showers
Recycle Every Day! by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace
10 Things I Can Do to Help My World by Melanie Walsh