Here are some of the awesome books I like to read around Earth Day:
We didn't read "The Lorax" during our Dr. Seuss author study because I wanted to save it for our Earth Week. I read the book and we completed this story map together:
We ended up watching the cartoon version of "The Lorax" one afternoon and we created a little graph to see which version they liked best. I forgot to take a picture of the completed graph, but here are the cards. You can click the picture to download them if you wish. I also included the new movie in the graph, too, for students who had seen it with their families and liked that one the best. I always vote books best ;)
We also put together our own little Lorax crafts (patterns courtesy of Fun in First Grade) and Earth booklets (inside pages are from Amy Lemons' Earth Day Craftivity Unit). They turned out so cute!
We have assemblies every Friday morning and my class was in charge of putting together a story for this past Friday. I knew some sort of Earth Day story would fit in perfectly! So together we made a predictable chart with the sentence starter "We can..." and I had each student think of one thing that we can do to keep the Earth healthy and clean. The next day I typed up each sentence in Microsoft Word, added a cute Earth border, and printed them out for the students to illustrate. I also took pictures of each of students doing the idea they wrote about. Lastly I recorded my students voices reading their page and put it all together for a short little video story! It turned out great!
I can't post the video, but here are some of my students' drawings and the matching pictures:
Now off to enjoy a bike ride in this beautiful weather! Night!