As it is Autumn in the Southern
Hemisphere our work for this project was focussed around Earth Day
issues. We discussed caring for our Earth from the point of view of
the effects on plants and animals, the need to save our natural
resources, as well as the beautification of our environment. The
story Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney was only one of the
titles that we read, and was chosen because it talks about visiting
different cultures around the world. Our theme in class this term
has been on Me and My Place in the World. The children have been
developing an appreciation of how they are the same and different to
children across the world. This is helped by a nice mix of cultures
represented in my class. Discussing Earth Day and ways in which we
need to care for our planet fitting nicely into this theme.
During our project the children:
- listened as I read books to them about caring for our environment.
- worked on Earth Day booklets to write about some of the issues we
- collected recyclable containers and we graphed them in class.
- listened as I read them Miss Rumphius, and we discussed her
- grew bean seeds after we discussed the importance of growing new
plants for our Earth.
- used the computer drawing program Kid Pix to create pictures and
posters to illustrate their learning.
As a class we composed some sentences to
tell about what we did during this project. These are listed here
We learnt about ways we could help our
We learnt that we should save our rainwater by turning the taps off
when we brush our teeth.
We learnt that we should turn off lights when we leave a room.
We learnt that we should not throw rubbish in the sea.
We learnt that we should save our trees.
We learnt that we can recycle things and turn them into new things.
We learnt that we should save animals.
We learnt that we should pick up rubbish. Picking up rubbish helps
our plants and animals, and makes our world more beautiful.
We read the story Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney. In the
story Miss Rumphius helped to make the world more beautiful. She
planted lupine seeds around her house and all over the land where
We made some pictures and posters to
show what we have learnt. Here they are below.
Technology: Information Strand
INF 1.2 Students use simple techniques for presenting information for
their own purposes.
Society and Environment: Place and Space
PS 1.5 Students describe the relationships between personal actions
and environmentally friendly strategies in familiar places.
The Arts: Media
ME 1.1 Students combine images, sounds and words to communicate
The Arts: Visual
VA 1.2 Students visually represent and explain their experiences,
feelings, ideas and observations through making images and objects