Saturday, April 16, 2016

Earth Day Lapbook & Freebie

I love Earth Day. Don't you? It's a time for a solid classroom conversation that gets pretty deep, even with seven and eight year olds. We first conceptualize what "Earth" is by looking at a map as I try to explain that our state isn't the only place. I also ask if the kids have ever traveled with their families to help them visualize different parts of the world. We then discuss different ways that we care could care for our Earth.
 We've been using lapbooks since the beginning of the year, so when the kids saw this, they knew exactly what we'd be up to next! I print out the colored version as my example and the kids get the black and white version to color in and add their own style.
Each lapbook has a cover and a quote. We spend some time reflecting on the quote together. 
I am a huge supporter of lapbooks for many reasons:

1. They are books that the kids can keep forever.
2. If the kids keep a certain lapbook at school, they can use it as a tool just like any other book.
3. Lapbooks offer a sense of accomplishment for students.
4. There are many fine motor skills that students work on as they complete their lapbook.
The students also made Earth Day Posters to make a pledge for doing their part with the three R's [Reduce, Reuse, Recycle]. You can get this free here!


  1. Melissa - I bet your students love the lap book! What a fun idea! Have a great week my friend!
    Teaching and Much Moore

  2. Melissa, I love this lap book! I am sure your students will be taking good care of our earth now!

    Peggy at Primary Flourish

  3. Our modern lifestyle has increasingly separated humans from this flow of subtle omnipresent surface energy.
    Real Shape of Earth