Thursday, April 10, 2014

K 30: Earth Day


KINDERGARTEN LESSON PLAN                                                         Week of April 14
Earth Day
THIS WEEK’S TEKS:     1 a, b, f, g             Print Awareness
                                           2 b, c, e, i             Rhymes & Phonological Awareness
                                           3 a                          Phonics
                                           4 a, b                     Prediction & Reading Strategies
                                           6 a                         Story Elements
                                           7                              Poetry
                                           8 a, b                     Retell Stories, Story Elements
                                           9                              Author’s Purpose
                                           10 b, c, d              Predict, Evaluate & Retell Stories
                                           18 a                        Oral & Written Conventions
                                           19 a                        Generate Questions
                                           20 a                        Whole Group Research
                                           21 a, b                   Library Procedures
                                RC(fig19) a,b,d,f,e           Read Assorted Literature, Generate Questions,
                                                            Whole Group Research, Predictions/Inference,
Pair Fiction & Non-Fiction, Retell and Summarize Stories
Reading Comprehension
                                           n/a                         Book Selection

Today we are going to listen to stories, watch presentations and share out love for our home, planet Earth
…so that we can be better stewards of our planet. 
…We’ll know we’ve got it when we create a poster to show the school things we learned about how to be more responsible citizens of Earth Day and every day!

a.   Welcome Song:  Welcome to the Library (To “London Bridge is Falling Down.”)
Welcome to the library, library, library.
Welcome to the library, please come inside and read.
We’re glad to have you here today, here today, here today.
We’re glad to have you here today, today’s a special day.  
Five little monkeys (Hold up 5 fingers.)
Swinging from a tree,
Teasing Mr. Alligator, (Point finger as if teasing.)
“Can’t catch me!
You can’t catch me!” (Shake head “no.”)
Along came Mr. Alligator (Put palms together and slowly
Quiet as can be, move like an alligator.)
And snatched a monkey (Open and clap palms as if
Right out of the tree! chomping on something.)


“Missed me, missed me! (Put open hands on either side
Now you gotta kiss me!” of your head and wiggle.)

c.  Set Library Behavioral Expectations: (reinforce / commend examples )
d.       Mystery Bag Miniature Recycling Bin
e.       Word of the Week:  (Forms a cornerstone of the lesson, aids in understanding and connecting text themes)
i.                    English: Recycle
ii.                  Spanish: Reciclar
iii.                ASL (American Sign Language.)  Sign language is a real language where people use their hands to communicate.  Here is the sign for … recycle.  Hold your left index and middle fingers up high, you’re your right fist go around in a circle.  You’re recycling in sign language.
f.        Intent & Agenda:  Build interest and explain, in general, the intent of the lesson and why it was chosen as a topic.  Speak the objective above.

2.  STORY/RESOURCE #1: (Feliz Dia de la Tierra/Happy Earth Dayby Alex Appleby, Gareth Stevens, 2014.)
a.  Pre-reading:   READ title.  Who’s heard of Earth Day?  What is on the cover that will help us figure out what earth day is about? (Title/series title, hands, green leaves and soil on cover…)

b.  READ:  This one is short enough you can read in both languages.  As you read each page, ask kids if they have done any of the activities described in the book.

c.  Reflection:  So what is Earth Day?  Retell things you can do to celebrate it at school and at home.

d.  Extension Activity:  2 songs.
 Recycling Song (Sung to the tune of Row Your Boat )(*Have paper, bottle, etc. on hand)
Save, save, save the cans, throw them in the bin,
We can help to save the earth if we all pitch in.
Save, save, save the paper....
Save, save, save the bottles....
Save, save, save the plastics....
"Pick It Up" Song Sung to: "London Bridge"
See the litter, pick it up.
Pick it up, pick it up.
See the litter, pick it up.
We are not litterbugs!
e.  Jokes:  
What is a tree’s least favorite month?
What did the tree wear to the pool party?
Swimming trunks!

3.  POEM:  see next resource

4.  STORY #2 Our Big Home: An Earth Poem:  (Linda Glaser, 2000, Millbrook Press.)
a.      Pre-reading Look at kids on cover, what else do you see – animals of land and ocean and sky.  Water.  Crops, cities, arctic/desert land…)
  1. READ

c.       Reflection

d.      Stretches/Movement Activity Earth Day Yoga Sequence

·         Plant blossoming Flowers and veggies in your backyard garden – Child’s Pose (seed) to Kneeling (flower)
·         Walk to school to reduce gas pollution – Walking on the spot
·         Be a Cloth Bag to carry groceries, instead of plastic bags – Boat Pose, like a cloth bag
·         Play games and read a book outside, where you don’t use electricity– Butterfly Pose, with bent legs like the pages of a book
·         Be a Bicycle that you ride to school to reduce pollution – Laying on back, with legs riding a bike
·         Rest on your back and look at the shining Stars through the clear night sky, with no air or light pollution – Resting (Corpse) Pose, imagining that you are looking at a clear night sky, breathe deeply and relax

5. ACTIVITY (pick one)

            a.  Starfall’s recycling game

6.  Check out books

7.  Conclusion

a. Circle:
    i.  review intent
    ii.  word of week in English, Spanish, and ASL.
iii.                closing song

b.      Line Up By… Who has a garden at home?  Who walks or rides a bike to school?  Whose parents use bags from home instead of taking store bags when shopping?  Who turns off the lights and TV when they leave the room?
c.       High Five the Word of the Week on the door on the way out. The Word of the week, written or printed on a diecut hand, is taped at kindergarten eye level .  As students leave, they can gently high-five the word to increase sight word familiarity. (Recycle/Earth)

A Day to Celebrate Earth (source unknown!)
April 22 is Earth Day. Each year on Earth Day, people get together to celebrate the planet and work to protect it.  People have been celebrating Earth Day since 1970. Earth Day was started by a man named Gaylord Nelson, who was a lawmaker from Wisconsin. He was worried about the ways people were hurting the Earth.
Make Every Day Earth Day!
Many people think that every day should be Earth Day. They say people should always work to stop pollution. Pollution is the dirtying of the land, air, and water. Here are some ways to help the planet every day.
You can recycle cans, bottles, and newspapers. That means keeping these things out of the regular trash. Instead, you put them into special bins. Then they are processed, so that the materials they are made of can be used again.
Start a can recycling program at your school. You can use the money you earn from returning the cans to buy things your school needs.
Don't Be a Litterbug!
Don't litter! Be a good example for other kids. If you see litter, pick it up and put it in trash cans or recycling bins.
Save a Tree, Plant a Tree!
Paper is made from trees. You can save a tree by not wasting paper. Use both sides of a sheet of paper.
Celebrate National Arbor Day. On this holiday, people plant and care for trees. National Arbor Day is the last Friday in April, but many states celebrate it on different days. They choose a day that is best for planting trees in their own climate.
Don't Waste Water!
You can easily save water. Turn the water off while brushing your teeth and washing your face.
Save Energy!
Save electricity by turning off the lights when you leave a room. Do not leave a radio or TV on if you are not using it.
Plant a tree in your back yard – habitat for animals, lower greenhouse gas emission, lower cooling bill
Walk or Bike to school
Plant a garden
Cook at home – meal focused on vegetables, grains and fruit, or LOCAL food…
Turn out your lights for an hour
What can you do that doesn‘t require electricity

Resources to help make your Earth Day lesson :