When I've taught informational texts about Earth Day, I always find that students are fascinated with the recycling process. I've also found that they LOVE the concept of reusing! Composting is another COOL topic! I've never been brave enough to attempt that at school :)
I have found that the Common Core Standards work so well with Earth Day, especially reading informational text and integrating knowledge...
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.7 Explain how specific images (e.g., a diagram showing how a machine works) contribute to and clarify a text.
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.8 Describe how reasons support specific points the author makes in a text.
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.9 Compare and contrast the most important points presented by two texts on the same topic.
I'm proud to say that every room in our school has recycling bins for paper and plastic. Then after lunch, we have student volunteers that rinse the plastic milk containers for recycling. I have a feeling that if we had a compost pile, the students would be more than eager to become composters (I'm not sure that is a real word) :)