Again, if you are planning ahead, you may want to add a lesson or two to your curriculum for World Environment Day on 5 June .
Here are some books you may want to look at if you are working on the environment:
Parr, T, (2010), The Earth Book, Hachette Book Group
Child, L, (2008), Look after your planet, Puffin Books
Watch the story on YouTube
Bethel, E, (2008), Michael Recycle, Meadowside Children’s Books
I just love this video to highlight that looking after the world is in our hands.
Also check out this Reggae version which is just as popular with my students.
Another fun video is ‘Reduce. Reduce. Recycle.’ made by older primary children. Your class may decide they want to make their own version.
but I just love this version of it with Jack singing with a class of children from Sunset Beach Elementary School
Younger children will love this video with a very simple but strong message ‘Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.’
You could also teach younger children this song:
(Sung to: Frere Jacques)
We recycle. X 2
Yes, we do. X 2
Caring for our planet. X 2
You should too! X 2
for recycling printables.
and the sponsors of the web page will donate money to the protection of the environment.
You could also send your students to: http://www.starfall.com/n/holiday/earthday/load.htm?f
to play a game where they clean up the countryside and sort the litter into three recycling bins – paper, cans and plastic. This can be used on your Interactive Whiteboard for a whole class activity.
These two songs are also popular with the children. Give the lyrics to children that can read in English and encourage them to make up actions for them to do whilst they sing.
Tune: Twinkle, Twinkle
We RECYCLE what we use,
We separate things and you should too!
Glass and paper, plastic and tin,
Go in your RECYCLING BIN!
We must start now, we can’t wait,
Quick or it will be too late!
Tune: Ten in the bed
There was some plastic (some paper/glass/tin) in the bin and some more went in
So we all recycled and added some more.
Adapted from a song in Goldish, M, (1996), 101 Science Poems & Songs for Young Learners, Scholastic
Check out this website : http://www.flicktheswitch.eu/
It has great materials for encouraging children and teenagers to save energy. Teachers can get their schools to join the ‘Flick the switch’ Campaign.