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Honoring Earth Day: Ideas for Students Who are Blind or Visually Impaired

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Earth Day is celebrated on April 22.  Below are some activities and resources, designed to promote awareness of environmental concerns and provide ideas for active participation and involvement. 

 

Nature Appreciation

These exercises may be used in the classroom to sensitize students to their natural surroundings and experience nature from a sensory perspective.

~ Write open-ended questions on index cards designed to elicit memories and preferences about nature (What is your favorite animal, flower, bird?  Would you rather go to the forest or the beach? Why?)  Place the cards in a hat.  Allow each student to pick a card and respond to the question.

~ Pass apine cones natural object (pine cone, sea shell etc.) around the circle.  Each student mentions a characteristic of the object based on touch/smell/possibly hearing. 

~ Take a nature walk:  Stop to smell, touch and listen.  

http://www.playworks.net/article2012_04_Celebrating_Earth_Day_2012.html

 

Environmental Awareness and Response

Eco-Friendly Practices for the Classroom:

  • Conduct Science or other classes outdoors.recycled cans
  • Have children bring own towel to use during the week instead of paper towels.
  • Have children collect their own garbage in cloth bags for 1 day and then combine the trash of all students. 
  • Brainstorm ideas for cutting back on paper in classroom.
  • Allow children to choose environmental project to research and present, hold a trash-a-thon.

http://www.childrenoftheearth.org/classroom_tips.htm

 

Audio Resources                                                       

NPR: Drought Threatens Navajo's Crops, Culture (All Things Considered Audio Broadcast)

Grades 4-12

Examines the impact of climate change on the traditional farming economy as well as the culture of the Navaho people in New Mexico. Droughts in the southwestern United States and global warming are causing rapid change in the culture of the Navajo nation: "All Things Considered" audio broadcast. Droughts in the southwestern United States and global warming are causing rapid change in the culture of the Navajo nation: "All Things Considered" audio broadcast. Droughts in the southwestern United States and global warming are causing rapid change in the culture of the Navajo nation: "All Things Considered" audio broadcast.

 

 

 

 

Books

 

Rachel Carson, Pioneer of Ecology

by Kathleen V. Kudlinski  Rachel Carson book cover
48 pages, Ages 7-11

Available from Seedlings in contracted braille

 

Dream The Forest Wild: How Children Saved a Rainforest

by Sue Memhard with Jim Crisp

Story may be read to children and then discussed.  Book is designed to be illustrated by students and sold to raise money for the rainforest or school.  Art project could be modified for students who are blind or visually impaired.   

www.suememhard.com/ChildrensRainforest

http://www.childrenoftheearth.org/Navy%20Pages/childrens_rainforest.htm

 

 

 

Honoring Earth Day Collage


 

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