There are so many ways to celebrate Earth Day and Discovery Education has resources whether you are focusing on air, water, land, or animals. If you want to join the Earth Day Network in this year’s focus, turn your students’ attention towards the goal of ending plastic pollution with these resources about plastic, including its many uses and how to deal with its proliferation.
Before you begin your course of study, check-in with your students on their particular areas of interest. Consider allowing groups or individuals to focus on highly specific subtopics, such as recycling plastic bottles, changing behavior, finding other source material for traditionally plastic projects, and more. Using the search bar will help you and your students drill down to specifics.
Virtual Viewing Party:
Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook and Social Studies Techbook
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Virtual Viewing Party
Join Discovery Education this Thursday, April 19th and gather with classrooms from around the country to learn about the history and mythology associated with this holiday that honors Irish culture and legend. Encourage your students to learn about popular traditions like wearing green and sporting shamrocks.
Try using a structured discussion strategy like Four Corners (Canadian Version) or Take a Stand (Canadian Version) from our Spotlight on Strategies series to encourage brainstorming and prioritize study topics. Start with a list of Earth Day topics and encourage students to debate on and decide which deserve urgent attention.
LEARN ABOUT PLASTICS
The Journey of a Plastic Bottle
Grades K-2, Reading Passage
Maya and Jack are staying hydrated at the park. They both have a water bottle. When Jack finishes his water, Maya talks to him about recycling plastic.
Paper, Plastic, or Neither
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-2, Video Segment
Urges students to consider the choices their families make when they go shopping: paper, plastic, or neither?
The Science of Materials: Plastic
Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techook, Social Studis Techook
Grades 3-5, 6-8, Video Segment
Plastic comes in a variety of forms, such as Styrofoam, PVC, and Teflon. It is used to make toys, kitchen wares, and even life-saving devices.
Mushrooms Instead of Plastics
Grades 6-8, Interactive
Phil Ross invents bricks and other materials that are made from mushrooms. The segment exhibits how mushrooms can substitute plastic.
Either select a particular focus for the class or encourage students to study and carry out their own projects. Share your students’ efforts with us on Twitter using #CelebrateWithDE. Happy Earth Day!
Support students with identifying their personal impact on the environment using mathematics and then discover ways they can have a positive effect in their community by recycling and making trash a “treasure.”
Challenge your students to make eco-friendly choices that will help achieve the goal of recycling an aluminum can. Students will earn Green Points and become “can-do” champions as they make their way through this engaging digital interactive.
Interested in joining classrooms around the world to Celebrate holidays year round? Check out our Timely Content Page for our Virtual Viewing Parties and more Instructional Strategies.