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Everyday is Earth Day - Taking Care of Our Earth
Submitted by: Christine Turner, Atascocita
Audience
• Pre-school • Schoolage
Books
Ants in your pants, worms in your plants! : Gilbert goes green by:Diane de Groat.
Gilbert the opossum goes green in a new picture book celebrating Earth Day and the environment.
My Forever Dress by:Harriet Ziefert
A story about sewing and sharing, recycling and remembering, this book follows a special party dress a grandmother makes for her granddaughter. When her granddaughter grows taller, new fabric is added. The next year, the dress is ingeniously turned into a sleeveless jumper. Finally, when the little girl turns ten and is ready for a new outfit, she decides to give the dress to her little cousin so it can be her forever dress.
Sandy's Incredible Shrinking Footprint by:Femida Handy
Sandy loves visiting her grandpa's house by the beach each summer, playing in the sand while her dog, Pepper, chases the seagulls. One day, though, her walk on the beach is ruined by a pile of garbage. The arrival of the "Garbage Lady" inspires her to learn about the ecological footprint each person leaves on the world and their responsibility to reduce it.
Curious George Plants a Tree by:Monica Perez
George loves to go to the science museum. So, when he finds out that the museum is planning a “Green Day” dedicated to recycling and planting trees, and George is curious and wants to help out! But little monkeys eager to help can sometimes become little monkeys getting into trouble. When George begins to find and recycle things around town that aren’t quite ready for the recycle bin, he gets into a jam. Thankfully, George isn’t the only one who wants to help the whole community can’t wait to lend a hand and help George and the museum plant some trees!
Earth Day - Hooray! by:Stuart J. Murphy
Earth Day is on the way, and Ryan, Luke, and Carly have a plan. If they manage to collect and recycle 5,000 aluminum cans, they can make enough money to buy some beautiful flowers for nearby Gilroy Park. CAN they do it? Counting the cans gives Ryan, Luke, and Carly, along with readers, a lesson in place value. And facts about recycling throughout the story will help readers understand how important it is to take care of the earth.
It's Earth Day! by:Mercer Mayer
Little Critter is on a mission! After watching a film about climate changes at school, Little Critter decides to do his part to slow down global warming. With the help of his family and friends, Little Critter begins to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Together they learn about the importance of not wasting water or energy. Join Little Critter as he plants a tree, makes a climate control machine, and helps the polar bears.
What Planet are you from, Clarice Bean? by:Lauren Child
Clarice Bean needs a science project or she's in BIG trouble. Her brother Kurt just wants to save the planet. And now they're both up a tree. "Sometimes I think gravity is a pity," says Clarice Bean, who is learning all about planet Earth in school. When Mrs. Wilberton assigns a project called The Environment, Clarice’s ever-active brain leaps to the holes in the sky caused by her sister’s hairspray, and to the nature safari that’s in her brother’s bedroom. But when she learns that a big tree right on Navarino Street is about to be chopped to pieces, Clarice has no choice but to join her quirky family up in the tree’s branches, eat spaghetti, and save the day. In a welcome new installment in the Clarice Bean escapades, Lauren Child makes a clear case for ecoaction - and gives the cause of saving the planet a hilarious new spin.
The Trouble with Dragons by:Debi Gliori

When dragons cut down too many trees, blow out too much hot air, and do other environmental damage, the future looks grim, but other animals advise them on how to mend their ways and save the planet.
Miss Fox's Class Goes Green by:Eileen Spinelli
The students in Miss Fox's class lead their school in making choices to help keep the planet healthy, such as turning off lights when leaving a room, taking shorter showers, and using cloth bags instead of plastic ones.
Songs
A Caterpillar Crawled
A caterpillar crawled
(extend left arm and crawl right index finger up it like a caterpillar)

To the top of a tree.

"I think I'll take a nap," said he
(wiggle right index finger)

So under the leaf he began to creep.
(move under left hand)

He spun a cocoon and he fell asleep.
(make fist around index finger)

For two long weeks he slept in that cocoon bed,

Till spring came along and said,

"Wake up! Wake up! You sleepy head."
(shake arms)

Out of the leaf he did cry.
(hook thumbs and spread fingers to make a butterfly)

"Look, I am a butterfly."

http://www.thebestkidsbooksite.com/fingerplays-for-kids.cfm
Hello Spring
To the tune of "Goodnight Ladies"

Hello spring,
Hello spring,
Hello spring,
We hope you're here to stay.

replace the word "spring" with other spring words
eg: green grass, robins, rainbow, flowers, butterflies, etc.

http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/songspoems16.html
Bunny, white bunny
Bunny, white bunny
(Place pointer fingers beside head)

With ears so tall,

And your two pink eyes,

And a mouth so small,
(Make O with mouth)

Wiggle goes one ear,
(Wiggle one finger)

Wiggle goes the other,
(Wiggle other finger)

Hop, hop, hop, hop Home to your mother! (Hop away in four hops)


http://www.thebestkidsbooksite.com/fingerplays-for-kids.cfm
What the Robin Told
The wind
told the grasses,
And the grasses
told the trees.
The trees
told the bushes,
And the bushes
told the bees.
The bees
told the robin,
And the robin
sang out clear:
Wake up!
Wake up!
Spring is here!
http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/songspoems16.html

Springtime (Flannel Board)
A small green frog
On a big brown log;
A black and yellow bee
In a little green tree;
A red and yellow snake
By a blue-green lake,
All sat and listened
To red bird sing,
"Wake up, everybody,
It's spring! It's spring!"

http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/songspoems16.html

Craft
175 Easy-To-Do Everyday Crafts: Creative uses for Recyclables, by Sharon Dunn Umnik.

Boys and girls will find a treasury of toys, games, and gifts to make any time of the year in this entertaining craft book. Each craft is constructed from everyday objects and recyclable materials found right in the home. Simple instructions and color photos ensure success for creative youngsters.

Earth-Friendly Crafts: Clever ways to Reuse Everyday Items, by Kathy Ross
What do you do with old toys, clothes, and other stuff? Instead of throwing them away, get creative and see what crafts you can make! This book shows you how to make crafts out of old playing cards, marker caps, toy cars, neckties, hairbrushes, and more. Color photos of the finished crafts and step-by-step illustrations make these crafts a snap. Along with 21 crafts, you’ll find information about recycling and tips for what you can do to help the planet. So find new uses for your old stuff and get crafting!

Organic Crafts: 75 Earth-Friendly Art Activities, by Kimberly Monaghan

Learn with fun-filled craft activities about reusing, reducing, and recycling.

What Can You Do with an Old Red Shoe?: A Green Activity Book about Re-Use, by Anna Alter.
What can Ruby do with her old red shoe? Use it as a planter for pansies! In this “green” craft book, children can appreciate that recycling is a part of everyday life, and with a little creativity, exciting projects are only a few steps away. Turn a worn flip-flop into an art stamp, a ripped shower curtain into an apron, and an old T-shirt into a pillow. These activities are just a few of the many crafts to be explored. With easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions, this interactive book will challenge kids to come up with clever recycling ideas of their own.
Other
It all comes together right here [sound recording]. The Non-Toxic Band.
Dream away the afternoon -- It all comes together right here -- Bring out the piñata -- Why did the honeybee dance? -- Welcome the rain -- Dreamer and the willow -- Beautiful soup -- It's okay to cry -- I'm curious -- Old hollow tree -- Wind is a lonesome traveler -- Our world.
Notes
How to make a Flannel Board
http://www.ehow.com/about_5044291_flannel-board.html
P.s. I like to make mine using a cookie sheet. That way the other side can be used as a magnetic board.