An Earth Day Lesson and Craft for Elementary School
Every year I try to visit my children’s classes to do a quick Earth Day lesson and craft activity. This year, I had the opportunity to work with a group of third graders who were more eco-savvy and creative than most adults!
I shared with them a quick handout with some simple tips which sparked great conversation. They were especially excited to learn about the incentive-based apps. 🙂
SIMPLE TIPS TO BE A GREAT ENVIRONMENTAL CITIZEN!
Take a shower instead of a bath
Bring your lunch and beverage in a reusable container – we have great new water fountains here at school!
Pick up litter – ask your parents about signing up for the School Team on the Litterati app to earn money for our school just by picking up trash!
Turn off lights when you leave a room
Use both sides of your paper (not toilet paper 😉)
Recycle at school and at home. Not sure what is recyclable? Paper, glass, aluminum, and plastic is usually safe to recycle in Philadelphia. Learn more here.
Think before you BEG your parents to buy you new things! 😉 You can save resources by borrowing, sharing, or shopping for gently used items. Our school has a wonderful library for books, uniforms, and other clothes can be handed down among families, and junky toys usually end up as just more junk! Before you buy a new toy, think about how much you will really play with it – and is it something that can be shared?
Kids can advocate for change! Your parents might like to learn more about www.momscleanairforce.com where parents and kids can visit with politicians to advocate for a cleaner world! You can also start locally and learn about the Green Team at our school.
I also shared a handy graphic on what to recycle from Green Philly Blog for them to bring home and hang in their kitchens.
For the craft, I needed something simple that would take less than 30 minutes. So I went with upcycling aluminum cans into pencil holders. I collected 30 cans, magazines, stickers, and scraps of wallpaper from my local Buy Nothing Group.
After handing out the supplies the kids went wild with creativity – lids, handles, extra compartments. It was really amazing to see how quickly they came up with useful and unique creations!