5 June is World Environment Day

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:

We Recycle  


(Sung to: Frere Jacques)

We recycle. X 2

Yes, we do. X 2

Caring for our planet. X 2

You should too! X 2

Check out: http://www.sparklebox.co.uk/signs/other/eco.html 

for recycling printables.

You can also click on: http://www.theanimalrescuesite.com/clickToGive/home.faces?siteId=4&link=ctg_trs_home_from_lit_thankyou_sitenav

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.

We recycle

Tune: Twinkle, Twinkle

We RECYCLE what we use,

We separate things and you should too!

Glass and paper, plastic and tin,


We must start now, we can’t wait,

Quick or it will be too late!

From: http://www.teachnology.com/worksheets/early_childhood/songs/recycle/


Recycling song

Tune: Ten in the bed

There was some plastic (some paper/glass/tin) in the bin and some more went in

Recycle! Recycle!

So we all recycled and added some more.

Adapted from a song in Goldish, M, (1996), 101 Science Poems & Songs for Young Learners, Scholastic

Flick the Switch Campaign

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.


1 Response so far »

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    Leahn said,

    Hi Vanessa,

    I really like the recycling song.



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