Lesson plan

I Can Make the Earth Happy

Your students will help the world go round with this activity that teaches them how to be green! Use this activity to wrap up a week of learning about helping our Earth, or as a stand alone lesson.
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  • Students will learn about the Earth and what they can do to be green.
(15 minutes)
  • Read The Earth Book by Todd Parr aloud to the class.
  • Review some ideas about ways that we can help the Earth. If this is a new concept for the students, use the book as a springboard for ideas by reviewing the pictures as a class. Great examples of how kids can help the Earth include: turning off the sink when brushing your teeth, using both sides of a sheet of paper, and recycling things like bottles and boxes.
  • Write down student responses, indicating the child's name by the idea they gave.
(10 minutes)
  • Ask the students to think of a time when they did, or could have done, something green. Explain that being green is when someone does something that makes the earth happy.
  • Share a time when you did something green. For example: Yesterday, I packed my groceries in reusable bags.
  • Draw a picture of the Earth somewhere the entire class can see.
  • Add a smiley face inside of your Earth.
  • Write "I can" on the picture.
(10 minutes)
  • Bring the classes attention to a globe, or model of the Earth.
  • Ask students what shape the Earth is. Have students to draw a circle in the air with their hands.
  • Ask students what the blue represents on the globe. Explain that the blue is water, or the part of the Earth where fish and sea animals live.
  • Ask students what the non-blue parts of the globe are. Explain that this is land, or the part of the Earth that they can stand on.
(15 minutes)
  • Pass out paper to each student.
  • Have students draw a circle with a pencil.
  • Using the green dot art painters, have students make land forms in their circle.
  • Using the blue dot art painters, have students fill in the rest of the circle.
  • Instruct students to draw a happy face in the circle with markers, reminding students to include two eyes, a nose and a mouth.
  • Students can copy the words "I can" from the board.
  • Once the Earth is complete, students will dictate to the teacher a way they can make the Earth happy.
  • Enrichment: For advanced students, the child may phonetically spell "I can" or the entire phrase "I can make the Earth happy." They could even write the whole sentence "I can make the Earth happy by [their idea here]."
  • Support: If the student is unable to draw a circle, have a circle drawn previously, or allow the child to use a circle stencil. If the child is unable to copy "I am," allow them to trace over the words. Have the child dictate to the teacher their idea of making the Earth happy. If the child is unable to think of an idea on their own, show the child pictures from The Earth Book by Todd Parr.
(5 minutes)
  • Observe whether or not the student is able to draw a circle.
  • Observe if the student understands and follows the oral directions to fill in the circle with the dot art painters.
  • Recognize if the student is able to dictate an idea of something learned during the week about a way to help the Earth.
(10 minutes)
  • Gather students in a circle.
  • Go around the circle and have students voice their ideas on what they can do to help the Earth.

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