Everyday is Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day Fellow Earthlings!

I hope you all had a chance to get outdoors today and enjoy nature! I was excited to check out the hardiness of my garden’s cold crops (kale, spinach, cabbage) on this chilly, windy, snowy (?) spring day.
Respond to this post and answer, “What you were curious about or what did you enjoy outside today?”

Today we celebrate this amazing planet, what it provides for us, and what good deeds we can do for it.  We remember that the earth is the water we drink, the soil that grows our food, and the air we breathe – and that soil, water, and air are all shared globally.  That sounds like a big feat to take on doesn’t it?!  It’s important to remember that we can all do small things to care for the earth.  These small things add up and make a difference!
Respond to this post and answer, “What small things can you do to care for the earth?”

Here’s one of my favorite examples this week of connecting kids to nature in honor of Earth Day:
I dried milkweed pods last fall and saved them to plant this spring.  I took first graders outside yesterday.  We opened up a milkweed pod and watched the wind carry away the seeds.  This is something that happens regularly in Northwest, Ohio, however, this moment of discussion and observation close up thrilled them so much that some were jumping up and down and screaming!  Check out this picture:

First graders' awestruck facial expressions watching milkweed seeds release into the wind.  These will grow to attract migrating monarch butterflies.
First graders watching milkweed seeds release into the wind. These will grow to attract migrating monarch butterflies. Double click on this picture to zoom in on these awestruck facial expressions!

After this quick nature connection, we put milkweed seeds into a ball of clay.  The kids are excited to throw these into an area needing native plants (of course with parental permission), to grow more native milkweed in our area.

These little hands will toss seed bombs on Earth Day, which will explode into milkweed plants!

If you didn’t get a chance to connect to nature today and answer my questions, it’s ok – do it tomorrow!  After all, everyday is Earth Day!

One thought on “Everyday is Earth Day!

  1. Molly

    The small thing I like to do for the earth is to teach 5 and 6 year olds about its wonders! We went on a “nature walk” around the school grounds just to see what we can find, and the kindergarteners were so excited to find a hole. Just before we went outside I read them a story that showed what kind of animals live in the ground and when I asked them who they thought the house belong to their hypothesis started to fly! Then the students started to get super excited after looking into the commotion I realized that someone found a worm. The special ed. teacher that was outside with us picked it up for the kids to examine it. They came up with a whole list of wonderful descriptive words about the worm.


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