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5 Fun Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

By Julieann Samayoa
on January 17, 2019
5 Fun Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

Earth Day is a day to celebrate planet Earth. The very first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970. Over 20 million people participated in events to support environmental protection. Cities and schools planned educational presentations, recycling events, and cleanups at their local parks, beaches, and other outdoor areas. Today, over 141 nations around the world celebrate Earth Day.

Here are 5 quick and creative ways to celebrate Earth Day in the classroom:

1. Go on an Earth Day Scavenger Hunt!

Enjoy Earth Day by going on an Earth Day Scavenger Hunt! Have students grab a clipboard and the Earth Day Scavenger Hunt that's part of my FREE Earth Day Activity Pack. Instruct them to be on the lookout for all that Planet Earth has to offer. Use their senses by asking the following questions:

  •  What do they see? Do they see any creepy crawly insects, birds gliding overhead, new buds or leaves on trees, a clear blue sky, or gray rain clouds?  Have students draw or sketch and color their findings in the boxes on their sheet.
  • What do they smell? Have students focus on smelling. Can they smell any sweet fragrant flowers, fresh cut grass, or someone grilling in the distance?
  • What do they feel? Have students close their eyes and touch the ground. Can they feel the soft grass, or the rough rock, bark on a twig, the warmth of the sun, or even a light breeze?
  • What do they hear? Listen closely. Do they hear a bird chirping, other children playing outside, zipping cars in the distance, a school bell, or plants swaying in the breeze?
  • What do they taste? This one will have to wait for a later Earth Day Snack!

The other purpose of this Scavenger Hunt is for students pick up any litter or trash they find on our mini field trip. Remember to bring a couple of trash bags.

Go on a nature scavenger hunt

2.  Learn About Ways We Can Save the Earth!

In our Earth Day Activity Pack there are three high-interest kid-friendly informational articles and activities to teach about:
*What is Earth Day?
*Ways to Save Our Earth
*The Natural Cycles of the Earth

CLICK HERE TO SEE OUR EARTH DAY ACTIVITY PACK

Save Our Earth Activities

3.  Plant a Flower Sponge

Have students bring in one small new clean sponge from home. Purchase some flower seeds. Have students wet the sponge so that it's really damp. Next, they plant their seeds inside the sponge. Have them push the seeds down into the sponge just enough so the seeds won't’ fall off when the sponge is picked up. Place the sponges on a Styrofoam plate that has each student’s name written in permanent marker. Place the plates in a sunny window. Have students water their sponges each day. *Don’t let the sponge dry out completely. Place a clear plastic container over sponges at night to keep it moist.

4. Spring Clean the Classroom

Earth Day is also about cleaning up our Earth. So why not have the students do some spring cleaning? Buy some Green Wise disinfectant wipes or make your own solution with Baking Soda, Lemon Juice, and water in a pail. Dip in a paper towel and it’s ready to go. Have students clean bookshelves, cupboards, supply bins, sinks, counters, and door handles. It’s also a perfect time to clean their desks and cubbies inside and out.

Kids cleaning up

5. Create an Earth Day Flip Book

Everything you need to learn more about Earth Day, ways to save and protect our Earth, and lots of engaging student activities are included in this Free Earth Day Activity Pack. This Earth Day Activity Pack includes kid-friendly articles and fun activities including:
*Flip Book
*Earth Day Mystery Flaps for Flip Book
*Earth Day Poster
*Acrostic Poem Template
*Earth Day-Themed Papers
*Two Earth Day Writing Prompts
*Vocabulary Flip Flaps
*Vocabulary Posters- perfect for bulletin boards

 CLICK HERE FOR FREE EARTH DAY ACTIVITIES

 Make Everyday Earth Day

6 Creative Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

By Julieann Samayoa
on January 17, 2019
6 Creative Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

 St. Patrick’s Day is such a fun holiday to share with students. They love “being green” for a day and learning about this unique holiday. There are many creative and inexpensive ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in the classroom.

Here’s a list of my top 6!

1. In the spirit of the mischievous leprechauns everywhere, early in the morning before students arrive turn a few things upside down or sideways. The calendar or posters on bulletin boards are great things they will notice. I also flip my computer chair over, leave a few dry erase markers on the floor, tip over a box of rulers, and pull out a few books from the bookshelf left open with a bookmark to look like someone was reading!

2. I love haphazardly spilling a handful of lucky charms on all the desks. Adding a dash of gold or green
glitter around the classroom (on counter tops, in the sink, on bookshelves, or on an empty desk) gives it an extra element of surprise. I love seeing the students eyes light up when they enter the classroom and see it.

3. Share a great read aloud.

Here are my favorites:

  • How to Catch a Leprechaun by Adam Wallace is an awesome best-selling book that is sure to delight your students. The author sets up the scene by creating the perfect trap! Now all you need to do is wait. Is this the year you'll finally catch the leprechaun? Start a St. Patrick's Day tradition with this fun and lively children's book.
  • St. Patrick's Day By Gail Gibbons tells the history behind Saint Patrick. A perfect introduction to the customs surrounding the holiday-- parades, special meals, and of course wearing lots of green.
  • Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato By Tomie dePaola tells an old Irish story that dates back to 200 years ago. It's a fun story with some "good" luck that offers an opportunity to have discussions on a number of issues that make everyone think.

4. Enjoy a GREEN snack. I usually buy a couple of gallons of milk and add green food coloring to make it green. Or you could buy some green fruit juice. When the students are gone to lunch, I hide some chocolate gold coins in their desks. 

5. Looking for a fun hands-on activity with some built in character education? Have students learn about the history of Saint Patrick and this special holiday. Our St. Patrick's Day Activity Pack comes with reading passages, hands-on activities, writing activities, and a flip book.

Check out our St. Patrick's Day Activity Pack that has many interactive activities and learning opportunities about:
✔Saint Patrick
✔Symbols of Ireland
✔St. Patrick’s Day Traditions
✔Comprehension Questions
✔Map and Flag of Ireland
✔It's Your Holiday! Writing Activity
✔St. Patrick's Day Mystery Flaps
✔St. Patrick’s Day Organizers (2)
✔St. Patrick's Day Flip Book
✔Vocabulary Posters
✔Spotlight on Vocabulary
✔Give a Good Luck Charm

6. Check out our St. Patrick's Day Scavenger Hunt Freebie! Post the posters around the classroom and have students travel around to find the answers to the questions on the scavenger hunt. Students will learn about the traditions of this fun holiday as they search for clues. 

GRAB OUR ST. PATRICK'S DAY FREEBIE HERE!

However you decide to celebrate the day, stay green and have fun!

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