In our unit about the Earth, the
students have been exploring the interdependence between the earth
and its inhabitants. Animals, people, plants, and the earth need
each other. We have learned about the ways that people, animals, and
plants need the Earth through our visit to Benner’s Farm, growing
plants, reading books, and discussing the topic. Most recently, we
have been thinking about the ways our planet needs us, and the
importance of our role to take care of it.
For this project, I read Just A Dream
by Chris Van Allsburg aloud to the students to tap into their
emotions about the environment. It portrays a boy’s vision of the
Earth after years of not taking care of it. After reading the book,
we looked back to review illustrations of the polluted Earth in the
future, and we discussed possible causes for each image. We then
created a semantic web about ways we can prevent this from happening
in the future. The students then used Kid Pix to create
illustrations showing their hopes for the earth when they are grown
up. Along with each illustration, they wrote a letter to the Earth
explaining how they would help this happen.
Our next step will be to research
different ways to take care of the Earth and exploring each of them
in detail. I found this topic to be wonderful, interesting, and
relevant to lives of my first graders. We hope you enjoy our work!
New York State Standards English
Standard 1: Students will read, write, listen and speak for
information and understanding.
Standard 2: Students will read, write, listen and speak for literary
response and expression.
Standard 3: Students will read, write, listen, and speak for
critical analysis and evaluation.
Standard 4: Students will read, write, listen and speak for social
Standard 4: The student is an effective communicator through a
variety of appropriate technologies/media