Earth Day and Spring perfectly overlap, and students greatly enjoy science resource texts. Stories are the best possible way to teach science to students of all ages. Despite the assumptions, a huge amount of science learning is integrated with language arts, at least by the great ones. Earth Day offers an ideal opportunity to teach and discuss how human actions effect the environment. Even though all the present hype with STEM tagets hands-on, there is no learning without actual reading for both background knowledge and additional research. Here are some awesome Earth Day books and lesson plans to go along:
1. “The Lorax“ by Dr. Suess is a must read for primary grades. Kids love Dr. Suess books, activities, movies, anything. Perfect Earth Day read and lesson.
2. The Giving Tree – Grades K-2
“The Giving Tree” is a well loved book, for reasons that escape those with reason. It is not a story of giving and how wonderful it is to give. It’s a story about a boy who takes everything until there is nothing left. The message of non-renewable resources and importance of sustainability doesn’t escape. Super read on how not to be.
3. Heroes of the Environment – Upper Grades – Free Lesson Plan on TpT (Earth Day Lesson Plan Giveaway) This is a great guided reading non-fiction common core text for students in older grades – upper elementary and middle school.
4. World Without Fish – lesson plan – Earth Day Non-Fiction Text
5. Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam and Science of Ocean Motion– Non-Fiction Science Resource Text Lesson Plan
“Heroes of the Environment” is a rare gem that presents environmental problems to students in a way that they find interesting and engaging. The true stories about saving the Appalachians, the Ohio River pollution, “vertical farms”, compost, wetlands, solar panels on Native American grounds are exactly what we need to enrich our current science curriculum. //ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?“Heroes of the Environment” help students learn science through real stories. Stories that teach not only social responsibility but interconnectedness of our world and communities. Students are able to learn new science concepts and apply critical thinking skills to solving multidisciplinary environmental issues. This is a perfect non-fiction read, especially being that the Earth Day is coming up soon. I want my students to know that we as individuals do have a voice and can take action. I want them to be able to debate social and environmental issues. Are jobs worth the price? Is profit the only goal? Reads such as “Heroes of the Environment” shows that it is ok to have an opinion and defend a position, which is what essentially every teacher and parent needs to instill. I hope to see more of these books being published.
Concepts covered: pesticides, fertilizers, compost, greenhouse, vertical farming, water pollution, e-waste, dangers of e-waste, solar power, renewable energy, air pollution, waste water treatment, Appalachian mountain removal, Louisiana wetlands, dangers & cost of oil drilling.
Heroes of the Environment” book is available for purchase on Amazon.com.
Mrs. Lena, M. Ed.