Our project in a nutshell: after reading
lots of springtime and environmental themed stories, the children
wrote something they can do right now to make a difference in
keeping the earth clean and safe for living things. They wrote this
in the traditional way (paper/pencil) and created a Readers Theater
script from this work. We read the script to two other classes on
Then, in response to Lynne Cherry's
book, The River Ran Wild, An Environmental History, the
children used their ideas to create "postcards" for a class of
firstgraders who will be in school twenty years from now. This
activity focused on doing something practical right now to help the
earth while thinking about who might benefit in future years - other
children, maybe even their own.
They typed their postcards in a
wordprocessing program (MS Word), using a teacher-made template.
Then they created graphic images in PAINT to use as pictures on the
Postcards to the Class
of 2025 ... We're Making A Difference
Students created pictures to show the
story elements (beginning, middle, end) in The River Ran Wild
The river was clean and ran fast.
People dumped paper
pulp, trash and chemicals into
the river polluting it. It moved slowly, smelled
bad and the fish died.
In the 1960's laws
were changed, dumping stopped, and people helped clean up the river.
Now it is clean and a home to fish again.
Here's a pretty spring
flower that Jessica made in PAINT
You can see all the Earth Day
Postcards at my
New Jersey Core Curriculum Standards:
Language and Literacy
3.2 listen actively in a variety of situations to information from a
variety of sources.
3.3 write in clear, concise, organized language that varies in
content and form for different audiences and purposes.
3.4 read various materials and texts with comprehension and critical
3.5 view, understand, and use nontextual visual information.
Social Studies 6.9 acquire geographical
understanding by studying the environment and society.
5.10 (ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES) All students will develop an
understanding of the environment as a system of interdependent
components affected by human activity and natural phenomena.
National Educational Technology Standards for
Use technology communications tools: Students use telecommunications
to collaborate, publish, interact with peers, experts, and other