Two for the Price of One!
With Earth Day right around the corner, those pesky end of the year tests are also beginning to show on the horizon, too. As a public school teacher, I was ALWAYS looking for thematic activities that would also help my students sharpen their tested skills. Sort of a twofer! I think my Earth Day Activities will do both for you!
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Earth Day itself began in 1970 and was the brainchild of U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson. He was very concerned that the Earth’s environment did not seem to be an important political issue and his first Earth Day drew millions of people to his cause. Later that year President Nixon and Congress created the Environmental Protection Agency as a result along with legislation concerning both water and Endangered Species Act.
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In the 48 years since that first Earth Day, there has been a lot more awareness of our need to recycle, reuse, and reduce. I decided to combine facts about cleaning our environment with my students need to practice their math skills. As a result, I created 24 word problems that will help my students learn how recycling can help improve our environment AND work on their problem solving skills at the same time! I love being able to combine two school subjects; in this case, science and math within a single lesson!!
I also added a fun activity using Earth Day vocabulary. My kids love, love word searches and so my Earth Day Activities also include a word search AND a writing activity! I also included answer keys for both the 24 math problems and the word search. Take a look and let me make your Earth Day lesson a snap!
What are you doing for Earth Day? Share your ideas with me!