(Monday is Earth Day. I love our Earth and want to protect it, but not for just one day of the year! I believe that Earth Day is every day! I try to teach a basic love and appreciation for our Earth and everything in it all the time. It should be a part of their daily lives, not something they focus on for a week.)
You can visit the NASA website to see some really amazing images of our planet from space! Click this link: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_cat.php?categoryID=1484
Earth is made up of many parts. The oceans are the biggest part! They cover most of the Earth. There are also lakes, rivers, and streams which are water. The land is the next biggest part. Mountains, hills, rocks, sand, and dirt are parts of the land. There is also the air, also called atmosphere. The air is all around and goes all the way up into the sky. The clouds float on the air. Our Earth is big, but it needs our help to protect it. We must do our best to protect the Earth's resources.
Explore the Earth!
(see the ART activity below!)
Take the kiddos outside and explore!
Look for the sky. What color is it? Is there anything in the sky? Can you reach the sky?
Look for dirt. What color is it? How does it feel in your hand? Does anything live in the dirt?
Look for rocks. Are they heavy? How many different colors can you find?
Look for trees. How many different kinds can you find? How tall can they get? What lives in the trees?
Look for water. (this one may be difficult for you! you could create a small stream or pond in your yard using a hose and dirt) What happens when you put a rock in the water? What kinds of things live in the water?
Look for trash. Should trash be lying on the ground? Should it be floating in the water? How do you think it got there? What can we do to help keep our Earth clean and beautiful?
LETTER: I i for Important
Short I worksheet
This week we are going to work on the short E sound. For this, we are going to make "magic spoons"! You will need some plastic spoons and a permanent marker. Focus on "en" and "et" words. Create 1 spoon with en written on it and another with et written on it. Then write the letters D, G, H, J, L, M, P, S, T, V, and W on individual spoons. This activity will show how the base sound of en and et remain the same and adding different beginning sounds will change what the word is. Help them pronounce en a few times. Then place a T in front of the en and ask them what sound T makes. Ask them to pronounce the T, then en. They just read the word TEN! Continue this practice by changing the first letter to make common words they know. It is best to work on en completely before moving on to et. Once you have worked on the words, see if they can create a word on their own!
Work on the en and et sounds on Starfall HERE.
Work on the short E sound on Readingbear HERE.
2 liter plastic bottle
Dirt (potting soil)
Charcoal Pebbles (optional)
Sphangnum Moss (optional)
- Cut the bottle near the top but below the neck. Make sure your cuts are even so that you can tape the bottle back together once filled.
- Put a layer of pebbles in the bottom of the container. Make it about one inch thick. This will allow for good drainage.
- Put a layer of activated charcoal right on top of the pebbles approximately one half inch thick. This will filter the water. (This step is totally optional)
- Put a layer of Sphagnum moss on top of the charcoal. Sphagnum moss is a dried and wiry material and what this does is act like a barrier so the soil does not slip down into the rocks at the bottom. (This is optional but recommended if you want a cleaner and sharper looking terrarium)
- Put a layer of soil on the top of all of this. The layer should be at least two or three inches thick but you can vary this according to the size of your container.
- Poke small holes into the soil and transplant your plants into the container.
- Water it a moderate amount and tape the top of the bottle back on. The lid should remain off. Now just monitor it over the next few days. If it needs more water then add.
Succulents or cacti are your best bet for ease of care and durability!
This is an excellent activity for kids to see what is going on under the ground where plants are growing. This is something you can keep in your classroom for an extended time to give them a "job" of taking care of it. Each week you can assign 1 child to water the terrarium and rotate.
(I try to use recycled materials in many of the arts and crafts that we do!)
Art: TP Tube Binoculars
**Make these BEFORE doing the "Exploring the Earth" activity!
(If you aren't comfortable with the kids putting yarn around their neck, omit this part of the activity)
Craft: Pet Rocks
1 rock for each child (find them or you can buy them at hobby shops)
Let's work together
To make it better
From tall green forests, to clear blue waters
This land depends on you and me
These are a different take on Dirt Cups!
Chocolate Cheerios, ground up
Coconut, died green
Place the pudding on the bottom of the cup. Sprinkle the ground up Cheerios on top to make the dirt. Add a small amount of blue Jello on one side of the cup for the water. Sprinkle a little of the green coconut on the other side. It should look like Earth with land, grass, and water!