Earth Day! Book Recommendations & More

What do you do to promote conservation and the care of our environment?

A great start is to educate our students about the simple things they can start doing today to make conservation a way of life!

I want to share some ideas for teaching these concepts in your classroom- not just on Earth Day, but every day!

First- here are some great books you can use for read aloud in your classroom...

Arthur Turns Green by Marc Brown

That lovable aardvark is at it again in this cute book! Arthur and his pals receive a school assignment to find ways to make our planet better. The book is filled with ways to take care of the planet.

Miss Fox's Class Goes Green by Eileen Spinelli

In this book Miss Fox encourages her class to find ways to go green. There are lots of tips for kids- things they can start doing today to make a difference.

We are Extremely Very Good Recyclers by Lauren Child

This book really focuses on recycling and what can be done with recycled materials. 

The Curious Garden by Peter Brown

This is a beautifully illustrated book about a little boy who cultivates a garden in the most unlikely of places. 

Molly's Organic Farm by Carol L. Manor and Trina L. Hunner

This story is based on a true story of a little homeless cat named Molly. This is one of my favorites! It follows what happens in a garden for a whole year and is filled with farming tips. And the ending is pretty special, too! Be sure to read about the real Molly at the end of the book.

Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth by Mary McKenna Siddals

This book describes the process of composting and items that can be composted. It is written in poem format. 

Rachel Carson and Her Book That Changed the World by Laurie Lawlor

This biography of Rachel Carson tells the story of a woman who dedicated her life to science and writing. She was instrumental in exposing the dangers of the chemical industry in her book The Silent Spring

In the Garden with Dr. Carver by Susan Grigsby

This book tells a story about George Washington Carver, the famous plant scientist. This is a beautifully illustrated book and one of my favorites. 

Next is a Video Link!
(This link was active at the time of publication!)

Reading Rainbow Segment: How Trash is Recycled with LeVar Burton
This short segment was so informative- it shows how paper and plastic are recycled and what the end product looks like! Great for kids to see!

If you are interested, I have also created an Every Day is Earth Day project that is available in my TpT store. It contains many suggestions for conservation that kids can put into practice immediately! (It also contains bulletin board letters to make a cute display!)

Hope you find some good possibilities in these suggestions! Happy Earth Day!


1 comment

  1. Great post, Kim! I'm delighted to discover my COMPOST STEW among the books you've recommended, and thank you so much for including it! So many small ways for kids to make a big difference... not just on Earth Day, but EVERY day!


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