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Sunday, April 14, 2013


Earth day with The Lorax!

 "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." ~The Lorax

Pollution Jar!
We discussed what happens when people pollute the water. First, each child had a chance to put a piece of trash into the bottle. We then observed the results over the course of a week. The children discovered that it got dirtier and dirtier everyday and it began to smell really bad when we opened it up. The next week we had an oil spill (black paint). We discussed how and why oil spills occur and how hard and time consuming it is for people to clean it up after. We continued to observe the results for a few days and then we discussed ways to clean it up. The children decided that if we put some soap in, that would clean it right up, so we tried it. The children were very concerned when it did not seem to do very much to clean it up. We then discussed how important it is to take preventative measures and to educate people about how harmful polluting is.
3-D Truffula trees!
 Since we are discussing ways to take care of the Earth, it only seems right that we use recycled paper towel tubes to make the truffula trees!

More truffula trees! I put a small amount of powder paint in a bag with some fiber fill and had the children shake and squish them with their fingers to mix the color in! They then cut out their tree trunks, illustrated the background of the picture and glued on their tree top. So cute!


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  1. I appreciate how you teach your pupils about pollution; really wonderful job. =)

  2. What a wonderful, concrete way to demonstrate the idea of pollution to little learners. I love that they recognized that even after cleaning up a bit, it's not quite the same. Thank you so much for sharing this post at the Discover and Explore themed linky. I'm excited to see what you link up next week for the Gardening with Kids theme.

  3. Thank you both! It certainly gave them something to think about and they have been all about making sure there is no trash or pollution in our classroom or playground! Love seeing the results live and in action! : )