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April 2013

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Great Reads For Earth Day

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Here are two great books I wrote a review for and know you will enjoy adding to your Earth Day Read Along Collection!

Earth Day, Birthday is a colorful story about Earth Day and Monkey’s Birthday! Only problem is, the jungle animals in the story are so into celebrating Earth Day they really don’t believe monkey when he tells them repeatedly that it is his Birthday too! He spends the story trying to convince his friends while his friends do wonderful things for the Earth. They plant trees, collect trash, recycle, shop with cloth bags, and start a compost bin. What about Monkey? You will have to read to find out!

This is a wonderful book to use in a classroom for a read aloud children will love on Earth Day. It is simple and to the point. It gives clear examples of things we can do to make the Earth a beautiful place without ever mentioning Global Warming. The personified animals and the rhyming text make this book very appealing to students. A teacher could use this book as a way to start a discussion of ways we can help our Earth. Also, each page rhymes and after reading students could return to the text and pick out the rhyming words.

My first grader enjoyed the book and loved the whimsical illustrations. The text was easy enough for her to read together. She loved the main character the Monkey and really wanted the other animals to pay attention to him.

I highly recommend this book for a Preschool to Second Grade teacher who is looking for a fun and educational read for Earth Day!

Pinkalicious is a favorite storybook character in my home and I often share it in the classroom. When the beautiful new Emeraldliscious arrived it was quickly scooped up and read front to back. I quickly realized that this book will make a great read for Earth Day in the classroom. The rhyming text is always a favorite and holds the attention of the reader.

The point to the story is all about recycling and reusing in Pinkalicious style which happens to come in the color green this time around. Like the other stories in the series the illustrations and beautiful. Lots of green and pink filled pictures. However, no one turns the color pink or green in this book. The story begins when Pinkalicious trips and breaks her tiara and wand. Peter and Pinkalicious us pieces of the Earth to create a new wand. We soon learn that this emerald wand is very special. Peter and Pinkalicious find out how special it is when they end up at their favorite park. Unfortunately, the park is covered with trash. With the help of the magic wand, Peter and Pinkalicious reuse the trash all over the park to create quite a kingdom. Eventually they lose the magic wand but they learn a way that they can keep making the world green!


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Love Jack Johnson and here is a perfect song for an Earth Day Unit!

And some more of my faves for you to sing!

Recycling In My Home("The Wheels On the Bus")

Recycling in my home goes round and round,
Round and round, round and round.
Recycling in my home goes round and round,
All through the day.

Tie up the papers and take them back,
Take them back, take them back.
Tie up the papers and take them back,
All through the day.

Crush the cans and take them back.....
Rinse the milk bottles and take them back....
Save the glass and take it back......

Working on Recycling("I've Been Working on the Railroad")

We've been working on recycling
All the trash we can
We've been working on recycling
It's a very simple plan
Separate your glass and paper
Separate you plastic and tin
Take the trash you've recycled...
To the recycling bin!!!

This Old Earth("This Old Man")

This old earth
Needs our help
To stay fresh and clean and green
With a pick it up; pitch it in; and throw it in the can--
This old earth needs a helping hand!

If you liked the song in the video by Jack Johnson, here are the lyrics...
"The 3 R's"

Three it's a magic number
Yes it is, it's a magic number
Because two times three is six
And three times six is eighteen
And the eighteenth letter in the alphabet is R
We've got three R's we're going to talk about today
We've got to learn to
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
If you're going to the market to buy some juice
You've got to bring your own bags and you learn to reduce your waste
And if your brother or your sister's got some cool clothes
You could try them on before you buy some more of those
Reuse, we've got to learn to reuse
And if the first two R's don't work out
And if you've got to make some trash
Don't throw it out
Recycle, we've got to learn to recycle,
We've got to learn to
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Because three it's a magic number
Yes it is, it's a magic number
3, 3, 3
3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30, 33, 36
33, 30, 27, 24, 21, 18, 15, 12, 9, 6, and
3, it's a magic number

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More Earth Day Fun!!!

Earth Day Pocket Chart - Students Match The Illustration to the sentence. From the Earth Day Packet.

Sight Word Dice Game With an Earth Theme - Includes Pre-k, k, 1st, and 2nd Sight Words.

I used a Fried Onion Container to store it in...From the Earth Day Packet.

Graphing Fun on Earth Day! From the Earth Day Packet.

From the Earth Day Packet.

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