Earth Day Poster
Divide students into pairs or teams for this combination art/language arts project. Explain to them that they must choose a topic related to Earth Day and create a persuasive poster on that topic. Possibilities include conservation, recycling, reforestation, pollution, global warming, etc. Ideally, each group should choose a different topic.
Next, students should use scratch paper to draft a preliminary design for their poster. They should also pre-write, revise, and edit text to be incorporated into the poster.
Leaf Rubbing Bookmarks
Arrange leaves on table. Place precut bookmark on top, and color firmly (but not hard enough to break through paper) with side of sharpened green colored pencil. Use gel pens or markers to add an environmental message. Punch hole approximately 1/2" down from top center. string ribbon through, and tie.
Cover work area with newspaper. Place bowls filled with water where they are in easy reach of all children. Lay an assortment of natural materials on the table, and encourage children to experiment with using these as "paintbrushes." Display finished paintings on wall of classroom
Paint rocks as desired. Allow paint to dry. If desired, add a coat of Mod Podge to protect paint and add shine. Once rocks are dry, glue on wiggle eyes and pipe cleaner antennas.
Pine Cone Bird Feeder
Tye a string or fishing line around the top of the pine cone. This will allow you hang your finished bird feeder on a tree branch.
Cover work area with newspaper. Give each child a mixing bowl and a spoon. Put 1/2 cup of shortening or lard and 1/2 cup of cornmeal in each bowl. Instruct children to mix the two ingredients well.
Direct children to place their pine cone on the newspaper and use the back of their spoon to (gently!) spread the shortening/cornmeal mixture over the entire surface of the cone. Finally, roll pine cones in birdseed and hang.
Note: 1/3 c. peanut butter and 1/3 c. shortening may be used in lieu of the shortening/cornmeal mixture if none of the children doing this project have peanut allergies.
Securely cap one end of a cardboard tube. (You may skip this step if you are using a tube with a sealed end such as a potato chip can.) Gently push or hammer nails into tube at staggered 1/2" intervals. Add 1/2 cup of mixed grains and/or legumes. Cap the other end of the tube and hot glue cap in place.
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