Earth Day is a great day to spend some time showing and teaching the children about ecosystems and how an ecosystem includes both living and nonliving aspects. We plan to write a list of the non living things that can be in an ecosystem i.e. water, rocks, dirt, air and light and the living things in an ecosystem i.e. plants and animals. Then we can brush on how the living parts of ecosystems form communities and each ecosystem has its own community.
And now the really fun part...
Creating our own terrarium.
Before we begin this project we will take a hike in our local park to collect some things needed for our terrariums. We can use jars to store the living parts of the terrariums we find and I will encourage the children to look under bark and rocks collecting such things as pill bugs, perhaps worms and snails if we find any. During this walk I will be discussing with the kids the different ecosystems we come across and how trash and waste products would and does affect these areas.
We are going to incorporate all that we have learned through this study of our Earth to create our own terrariums. We will use a container such as a 2 liter bottle or glass container with a lid, small plants, grass seed, rocks, sticks, bark and whatever else the children find on our hike. We will cut an opening in the top of the bottle for access or punching holes in the lids of the glass containers. Then we are going to make a model and landscape our terrariums. Next we will add the living portion of our findings to our terrariums and a water source. The kids are going to draw a diagram of the terrarium that they made and we will create a small chart under their drawing. We will place the terrariums in an area that gets light but not direct sunlight. The kids can then check the terrarium every day and record the changes they see in them.
This will be a great educational and fun day.
Our other suggestions:
You can also make homemade Plantable Paper. Further information and the directions on this quick and fun project click HERE
PBS also has a new movie they created called Earth Days and you can find more information on that HERE
Rent and watch Disney’s Earth Day movie. More information can be found HERE
Target stores will give away 1.5 million reusable bags with purchase on April 18, the first day of Earth Week. For more information click HERE
- Go Organic on Earth Day. Found this website that list several organic recipes and also a link to download their free I- Phone application. To be honest with you the reviews listed on the i-phone app page only give this application 2 stars but maybe it will benefit someone. You can view the site HERE