Lesson Plan

Give the Planet a Hand!

This lesson, perfect for first and second grade learners, will help kids become environmental activists as they think of ways to help the Earth! First, students will brainstorm examples of what it means to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Next, students will partake in a creative art project where they trace their hands and think of way ways they can give the planet a hand. This engaging activity integrates creative writing skills and Earth science.
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Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to participate in collaborative discussions with their peers.
  • Students will be able to recall information from experiences or gather information to answer a question.


(20 minutes)
  • Gather the students together in a large circle.
  • Place a globe or a map in the center of the circle.
  • Explain to the students that today they will be exploring ways they can keep the Earth healthy and happy.
  • Explain to them that although people know it's important to keep the Earth healthy and happy, many people still hurt the Earth without even knowing it.
  • Explain to the students that you are going to have a sharing circle. In the sharing circle each student will share his thought with the classroom. Start by saying: People hurt the Earth by _____________. Ideas include: polluting the land, polluting the water, littering, buying too many things, using too much plastic, using too much energy, cutting down trees, etc.
  • Define tricky or unfamiliar words for students in student friendly language (e.g. pollution).
  • Allow the students sufficient time to share their ideas.
  • If a student struggles to think of an idea, help them brainstorm by asking prompting questions, or allowing them time to research ideas online or in classroom books.