Earth Day is coming up very soon – one week away!
While preparing our Earth Day, Hooray! products for Little Red’s Schoolhouse (more about those below!) we compiled a list of story books that would be great for teaching the spirit of Earth Day. Here are a few favourites:
1. Stella Fairy of the Forest by Marie–Louise Gay
About two children who see nature as full of wonder and play. To them, the forest is a magical place. Teaches children about the wonder of nature.
2. What Planet are you From, Clarice Bean? by Lauren Child
A story about a self-described eco-warrior named Clarice Bean. This story touches upon many of the themes taught on Earth Day.
3. Me…Jane by Patrick McDonnell
A sweet book about a girl named Jane who loves nature and learning about the world around her. Teaches children to value and respect nature and about Dr. Jane Goodall.
4. Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback
This Caldecott Medal winner teaches children that “you can always make something out of nothing”. Provides examples of how we can reuse what we already have.
5. The Curious Garden by Peter Brown
A beautifully illustrated story about a boy who grows a garden in the most unexpected place. Shows how loving and taking care of the environment can have positive results for all.
6. Recycle! By Gail Gibbons
An informative book which helps children to understand why our Earth is so important and what we can do to help keep it clean and healthy.
7. The Wump World by Bill Peet
A clever story about a species called the Wumps who are forced from their habitat by the wasteful Pollutians. Gives children a different perspective on the actions of the human race and reminds them that our excessive consumption and polluting affects other species besides our own.
Here are some other titles you might want to check out for your Earth Day lessons:
Are Trees Alive? by Debbie S. Miller
A Tree is Nice by Janice May Udry
City Green by DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan
Compost Stew by Mary McKenna Siddals
Crinkleroot’s Guide to Giving Back to Nature by Jim Arnosky
Earth Day, Birthday! by Maureen Wright
Fancy Nancy Every Day is Earth Day by Jane O’Connor
It’s Earth Day by Mercer Mayer
Marty McGuire Digs Worms! by Kate Messner
The Cloud Spinner by Michael Catchpool
Uno’s Garden by Graeme Base
Wangari’s Trees of Peace by Jeanette Winter
What Can You Do With An Old Red Shoe? by Anna Alter
Who Will Plant a Tree? by Jerry Pallotta
As mentioned above, we’ve recently put together a few products for celebrating Earth Day in the classroom:
Earth Day Celebration Set – This is a pack of printables which can be used for your classroom or home celebrations. The set includes two different headband designs, a certificate, two badges and bunting. For best printing results, colour as well as black and white versions of all the kit’s pieces are included.
Environmental Care Classroom Posters – This is a set of 7 environmental care posters for the classroom. The posters cover the topics of picking up litter, walking, turning things off, conservation, planting, reducing/reusing/recycling and composting.
Earth Day Fun Craftivity – A fun craft wherein students make a cute Earth character which holds a piece of writing. The set includes templates and a variety of writing prompts.
Earth Day, Hooray! Worksheets and Activities – Almost 30 pages of activities and worksheets to use during Earth Week.
Happy Flower Earth Day Glyph – Another fun craft where students create happy flowers and then examine their meanings as a class. Comes with worksheets for tallying and graphing.
All of these Earth Day resources can be purchased individually or in our Earth Day, Hooray! Super Bundle at a discount!
Oh, and there’s also our Happy Earth Day! clip art set!
Happy Earth Day!