Friday, April 11, 2014

Even Kinder Kids Can Make A Difference

This time of year makes me crazy with all the testing, Open House hoopla, conferences, and report cards. Are you on my page? In my district that discourage us from doing any holiday celebrations because many of our students do not observe them. So what works for the month of April that provides valuable content and will be meaningful to students... Earth Day! Our kids love learning about caring for the earth and how to do it. This is a theme that can easily be aligned to the Common Core since the Big Idea is the need to care for our planet to ensure that we continue to enjoy our natural resources. Non fiction books are readily available and I bought new ones this year that I love! What kid is not interested in recycling and collecting trash...right? If you have never used this theme I hope you will try it this year. There are so many wonderful books to read to your students that are both fiction and non fiction. Check them out on Amazon.

This is a great packet for kindergarten teachers. It has both math and literacy activities that are interactive and engaging for young children. There are many opportunities for children to practice new academic language and to do "opinion writing" that is appropriate for their age. Your students can make a necklace, wear it home, and explain their new learning. If you are interested in this packet click here to go to my TpT store. There is even a free headband which is another teaching tool to use with your students. Raise awareness about our earth and the need to care for it.
What do you do for Earth Day?


Traci - Dragonflies in First said...

Adorable as always Frannie! THIS IS HUGE!!! I especially LOVE the opinion writing component!!!

Suzanne said...

Thanks for the freebie!! My very favorite book to read for Earth Day is "Our Class is Going Green!" Written by a kindergarten class, it covers all the basics. And it shows them what is possible for a kindergartener when it comes to writing.

Fran Kramer said...

I am definitely checking to see if that book is available. It sounds great for our young students.