Happy Earth Day 2015

Dvorak-Earth-Day-2015Happy Earth Day everyone! Every year at this time we are reminded of how important it is to preserve the environment for future generations. Whether it be on the radio, television, social media or in educational environments, the flood of content blends into a common message – protect the earth!

We’d like to share a short, yet compelling video clip that made us pay just a little more attention this year. It’s called Dear Future Generations: Sorry. We hope you enjoy it too, and of course … share it.


My favourite line in the video was ‘An error does not become a mistake, until you refuse to correct it’. That is a powerful statement – in all facets of life, but particularly when it comes to taking care of the earth.

With this in mind, I’d like to share some classroom connections …clasroom

After many months of collecting recyclable materials, we finally set out to transform old boxes into new ART.

IMG_20150421_110257We used materials from our Art Centre (containers made from recycled products) to help with this Earth Day project.

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Here is a showcase of some beautiful pieces from our growing collection of Recycled Art:

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Fashionable Writing Utensil Caddies

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hybrid cars

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Spring Basket

IMG_20150421_134138An enchanting castle

IMG_20150424_104059building blocks

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Jewelry box

IMG_20150422_104910 The latest smartphone

IMG_20150422_105743A downtown apartment building

IMG_20150422_110737bird feeder

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Binoculars

IMG_20150423_105948Toy Box

IMG_20150422_111755Marker holder

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 Decorative Tissue Boxes

IMG_20150422_112736 Pirate Ship!


Recycle is a poem I came across online that was written by Meish Goldish . Students enjoy the familiar rhythm, and the catchy pattern makes it a great math extension as well (don’t we teachers love that?!).

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After reading many books relating to Earth Day, our class sat down to brainstorm ways in which we can protect our environment. We also reviewed some of the things we were already doing in our classroom (i.e., recycling , reducing, reusing, composting, conserving energy, using only as much water as we need, not littering, etc.). Students then all had a chance to reflect on what more they could do (at school and home) and completed a promise note reminding them to take action and contribute in whichever way they could. No contribution is ever too small – every little bit helps.

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To download a copy of the poem and writing template, click on the image below.earthDaypic


Sometimes we may feel overwhelmed and wonder how these very small acts can possibly solve such a massive problem. But if we all contribute one little building block, we can turn an error into an opportunity.

For more ways you can help, click HERE.

As always, thank you for your time!

Lora

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Happy Earth Day

“I appeal to all people everywhere to raise their voices. Speak out on behalf of this planet, our only home. Let us care for Mother Earth so she can continue to care for us as she has done for millennia.”

-UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Earth Day falls on April 22nd of every year.  It is recognized worldwide and honored with many events to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now celebrated in more than 192 countries each year. I’d like to share a poem I wrote in recognition of Earth Day.  Your thoughts, as always, are welcome.

It’s Time to Give Back

Mother walked along the seashore with her son.
The boy stopped to cool off in the water.
“This ocean was put here for you,” said Mother.
“To bathe you and nourish you and let you enjoy her embrace”

Mother walked through the forest with her daughter.
The girl stopped to cool off in the shade of a tree.
“These trees were put here for you,” said Mother.
“To feed you and teach you and give you a home.”

Mother walked across a meadow with her children.
The kids lay down to rest and gazed at the sky.
“The sun and air were put here for you,” said Mother.
“To warm you and refresh you and give you life.”

The children and Mother came upon an open field.
Heaps of trash, piles of debris, mountains of waste,
All lay where her land used to be.
The children, ashamed, bowed their heads and began,

“Mother, you have given us everything, from land to the sea.
You have fed us, clothed us, healed us if need be.
Consumed in our ways, we lost our path.
We need to do more – it’s time to give back.”

Creative Commons License It’s Time to Give Back by Lora Rozler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.


In recognition of Earth Day, here are a few great reads to start up a conversation in the classroom – today or any day.
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Learning with Caps – Recycled Play

f4939b9d9b4f5f90c8240245691056faLearning with Caps – Recycled Play

As a teacher, I find many uses for random household items that most people throw away. Bottle caps, for example, are never disposed of in my home.  Just this morning, my children and I played our own version of scrabble using yogurt caps I wrote letters on. They are a great way to engage children in learning (but I don’t dare tell them that). Sometimes I throw in different size and colour lids, just to see how the kids will fit them into the game.

They love coming up with their own rules (problem-solving, cooperation, creative thinking at its best):

“I know – how about the black ones be free letters?” says A.

“Yeah, we can use them when we get stuck, “ adds B.

I can’t help throwing in my own two cents. “They can be vowels.”

And off we go, making up words vertically, diagonally, horizontally, changing rules, adding rules, anything they want, so long as they are engaged.

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What household items have you saved from the recycling bin? Please share to feature your idea on our blog.