|Photo by Katie Lubbock|
Earth Day is April 22nd, how will you celebrate this year? We started celebrating this past weekend with a trip to our local park where presenters from a variety of science backgrounds had set up displays to teach families about the Earth and our impact on it. From the differences in animal furs to fossils to energy conservation, we had a fun - and educational! - time. The connection to nature is critical for children - especially those living in urban areas.
I love Earth Day because it helps me remember to make a focused effort to instill social responsibilities in my kids. Recycling, reusing, reducing are just a small part of the whole picture. Making decisions in our day-to-day lives that can have a tremendous impact on our planet is something I hope our family works towards on a daily basis, but once a year, I need that reminder to step back and evaluate our current routines and outlooks and see if there are areas that need improving.
Over the next few days, I'll be focused on Earth Day here on MommyMaestra. And to start, for those of you looking for additional resources to share with your children, check out these awesome freebies from Educents:
10 Earth Day Freebies for Kids
- Earth Day Sort - Help kids learn the difference between reducing, reusing, and recycling!
- Happy Earth Day Writing Activity - Kids of all ages can reflect on ways their family, school, and themselves can help keep the Earth healthy. Also encourages handwriting practice!
- Earth Day Coloring Pages - Creative kiddos can color the Earth with their colors of choice, or follow the color-by-code page to add critical thinking to art hour.
- Earth Day Poof! Subtraction to 5 - This Earth Day themed game builds fluency with subtraction facts to 5. It can be played in a small group or as a partner game. It is a fun way to practice those facts!
- Earth Day Word Search Freebie - Enjoy this Earth Day themed word search puzzle with 21 eco-friendly terms like atmosphere, compost, and recycle.
- Earth Day Bookmarks - The perfect Earth Day treat for your students. Available in full-color and black-and-white.
- Earth Day Survey and Graph - A fun and different way to practice graphing in your classroom while encouraging collaboration between students.
- Spring Coloring Book - Let your little ones COLOR & SPELL Spring words.
- Love the Earth Mystery Picture Graph - Students will love discovering the mystery picture by coloring in the correct squares on the alphanumeric grid using the coordinates given. This is a great addition to an Earth Day or recycling unit!
- April 2015 Journal - A month of free journaling for learners age 8 to 100! Read about important historic, artistic, and current events that happened during the month of April - including J. Robert Oppenheimer's birthday and Earth Day on April 22nd. Then develop vocabulary and critical thinking skills.