Thursday: Earth Day

Apr 24, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Thursday: Earth Day

Calendar:   Discussed the date in English and Spanish. Lucas put the number on the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  He reviewed the pattern on the calendar.  Lucas read all the Sight words, numbers, Spanish and Sign language.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the kids learned about seahorses.  Yesterday was Earth day so we learned about it today. The children told us what they know about Earth Day.  Discussed:  How can you help take care of the Earth?  Fun facts:  The first Earth day was in 1970.  Nelson, after seeing the damage done by a 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California, was inspired to organize a national “teach-in” that focused on educating the public about the environment. Earth Day is an annual event created to celebrate the planet’s environment and raise public awareness about pollution.  The day, marked on April 22, is observed worldwide with rallies, conferences, outdoor activities and service projects.  The garbage in a landfill stays for about 30 years.  In 1995 over 200 of the world landfills were full.  Each person throws away approximately four pounds of garbage every day.  More than 1/3 of all energy is used by people at home.  Most families throw away about 88 pounds of plastic every year.  We use about 12,000 gallons of water every year.  1/3 of all water is used to flush the toilet.  The 500 million  automobiles on earth burn an average of 2 gallons of fuel a day.  Each gallon of fuel releases 20 pounds of carbon dioxide into the air.    The energy we save when we recycle one glass bottle is enough to light a traditional light bulb for four hours. For every 2000 pounds of paper we recycle (1 ton), we save 7,000 gallons of water free from chemicals.  Recycled paper requires 64% less energy than making paper from virgin wood pulp. Every ton of paper that is recycled saves 17 trees.  The amount of wood and paper we throw away is enough to heat 50 million homes for 20 years.  

Creative Development:  Discussed: What colors do you see when you look around?  What colors remind you of Earth?  The children took a walk outside to see all the different colors.  Discussed all the things they saw on the walk and the colors. Explained that everyone has the power to care for the Earth in their hands.  We all need to remember to help take care of it.

Physical Development: Discussed: What can you recycle?  We looked at all kinds of recyclable items.  We had all the items at the other side of the room.  I had a child go get an item and tell us what it was made out of  and discuss if it could be recycled.  They then hopped, skipped, jumped, or walked to the recycle  bin on the other side of the room to place it in.  Discussed how they could help recycle all the time.

Physical Development:  Discussed:  What can  you do with food that is leftover from a snack or meal?  We looked at left over snacks in the pantry.  We then dumped them together and stirred to make a trail mix.  The children then ate the new snack!

Science: Discussed:  What games can you play with items you find in nature?  The children gathered items from outside when they went on their walk.  We used those items to count and build them into different things.

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1-  Earth Day Art- The children took a coffee filter and colored it with markers.  They then sprayed it with water to watch the colors spread.  The children then traced their hands on the colored paper. They glued pieces of the coffee filter to their hands. 

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