We have worked to create an alternative earth day homework idea for your classroom. Read below to see our ideas!
We are guessing from the fact that our recent post on family game night as a homework alternative was so successful, that many teachers are looking for some creative ways to keep their kids learning at home without traditional homework. To help you out, we have created a family-centered homework activity. This time we are focusing on encouraging our families to create a way they can work together to help our Earth.
Family Pledge Certificate We like the idea of encouraging families to gather and talk, and this homework assignment will require just that! The task is to create a family pledge that has them commit to a change that will help them become a little more “green”. We have created this certificate to make it a little more official. If possible, send home the certificate in color so families can proudly display it, however, if that’s not possible, we have also included the file in grayscale. If that’s the case, then maybe you could encourage your students to add a little color of their own before sending it home. Or, keeping with the theme, have students create their own certificates using materials from your classroom recycling bin.
A great way to introduce this activity is to brainstorm ways that even children can work to make the earth a little more “green”. For some students, it may require diving into the expression “being green” and explaining what it means. For students who already have an understanding of this, you can begin by making a list. If students need help getting started, we have a list that can get them started:
- Conserve energy. Turn off the lights when you leave a room.
- Conserve water. Don’t let the water run when you brush your teeth.
- Recycle trash items instead of throwing them away if possible.
- Donate furniture, clothing, toys or games.
- Compost food instead of putting it down the disposal or throwing it away.
- Plant flowers and trees in your environment.
Family Letter – Editable We are also providing a letter for families. We know that some students may miss a few details in their explanation of the assignment, so this letter will help parents understand all of the steps. This is provided as a word document so you may edit it to fit your classroom requirements.
Family Log Finally, we have created a recording page for families to log their green activities. Students can be encouraged to bring them in to share their family’s ideas with the rest of the class. If you would like to edit the family log, use this file: Family Log – Editable.
Our hope that this earth day homework alternative will help build good habits in your children. Maybe they will think about turning off the lights before leaving the room or maybe their actions will be bigger. Either way, any help is good! Are there other ways you will be encouraging your families to celebrate Earth Month? We would love to hear your ideas below!