Click on the book jacket below to learn about the true story of a young Mexican American boy's fascination with science and how it led him to help solve the ozone crisis discovered in the 1980s. Today Dr. Molina is a Nobel laureate and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He is currently working on the global warming crisis and feels confident that when we work together, complex problems can be solved.
Earth Day is an annual event that began in 1970. The purpose of Earth Day is to increase awareness of protecting our environment. Over 1 billion people have celebrated Earth Day from around the world!
As Chief Seattle so wisely stated, "Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect."
Let's do our best to take care of our community and each other!
Earth Day Book Recommendations and more!
Earth Day Activities
1. Make Salt Dough:
2. With a circular cookie cutter, cut out a dough circle. Then make a hole at the top of the dough circle using a toothpick or for ribbon or yarn necklace.
3. Bake the Earth pendants on a parchment paper lined baking sheet in a 250°F oven for 2 hours. They will become dry and hard.
Remove the pendants from oven and let cool completely before painting.
Now it’s time to get creative with the Earth pendant necklace.
4. Paint planet earth or any environmental symbol using acrylic colors of your choice.How you choose to paint the planet is up to you. We chose to paint the entire planet blue and allow it to dry before adding the green. We created our own variety of shades of greens by combining yellow and blue. Your planet can look as realistic or unrealistic as you like.
Once the painting is complete (don’t forget to paint the back of the pendant) set them aside to dry. How long they take to dry will depend on the conditions in your house. We gave ours about an hour to fully dry.
When the Earth pendants have dried, feed the ribbon through the hole in the top of each pendant.
Earth Pendant Recipe from Kitchen Counter Chronicles
Celebrating Earth Day at Home & in School!
Ideas borrowed from StylishTrendy.Com
Listen to U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera read his book Imagine, using poetry as his format! Then enjoy some poetry activities below.
Activity 1: Make a Blackout Poem
Make a Blackout poem using a page from a discarded library book, newspaper or magazine.
Step One: Select any page.
Step Two: Look for words or phrases that grab your attention.That word or phrase will guide your poem’s meaning. Circle the word /phrase in pencil.
Step Two: Using a pencil, lightly circle the words you want to include in your poem. Remember, readers usually scan from left to right. Try not to circle more than three words in a row.
Step Three: Black out the rest of the words on the page with a thick black marker. Voila! You have a black out poem!
Activity 2: Book Spine Poetry
Arrange a stack of carefully selected books so the titles in the spine make a poem. Write the titles on a piece of paper or take a photo of your book spine poem.
Activity 3: Magnetic Poetry
Cut words from magazines, newspapers or discarded books. Place them carefully on an adhesive magnet sheet. Cut out the words attached to the magnet.
Step One: Cut out words from magazines and/or books.
Step Three: Cut the magnet sheet to fit your words.
Step Four: Try out your poetry by placing them on a whiteboard (or fridge). Create a few poems.
OPTIONAL EXTENSION: Store your magnetic words in a metal container. Decorate your poem container with an image of your choice. Glue the images to the top and go over them with Modge POdge.