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Program Content for April 24, 2015

Each week, this lesson will share some classroom activity ideas that use the newspaper or other NIE resources.  You are encouraged to modify this lesson to fit the needs of your students.  For example, some classrooms may be able to use this as a worksheet and others might need to ask and answer the questions in a class discussion. 

Please be sure to preview all NIE content before using it in your classroom to ensure it is appropriate for all of your students.

Materials you will need for this lesson: The Seattle Times e-Edition

Article: “Recycle 101: Help Keep the Evergreen State Blue”

Page: Sports C10

Date: Sunday, April 19, 2015

 

Pre- Reading Discussion Questions: 

 

Look at the title and images on page C10. When was Earth Day? What did you do to celebrate Earth Day?

 

Vocabulary: 

 

Read the following quotes and determine the meaning of the word based on how it’s used in the sentence:

 

But 71 percent of the earth’s surface is covered by oceans that play a very important role in regulating the earth’s systems such as climate and weather.

 

(setting or adjusting the amount, degree, or rate of (something))

 

 This Earth Day, please take a moment to reflect on our oceans, the plant and sea life that lives in and near them, and how your waste and recycling efforts can

have a positive impact on this fragile ecosystem.”

 

(fragile: easily broken or damaged)

(ecosystem: everything that exists in a particular environment. An ecosystem includes living things, such as plants and animals, and things that are not living, such as rocks, soil, sunlight, and water.)

 

“The majority of marine litter originates on land and is carried to our oceans by various waterways or as runoff channeled through drains.”

 

(runoff: water from rain or snow that flows over the surface of the ground into streams)

(channeled: to carry and move (something, such as water) in or through a tube, passage, etc.)

 

Journal Writing Prompts: 

 

“This Earth Day, please take a moment to reflect on our oceans, the plant and sea life that lives in and near them, and how your waste and recycling efforts can have a positive impact on this fragile ecosystem.”

 

Reflect in your journal on how your waste and recycling efforts can have a positive impact on the fragile ecosystem. What do you do well and what can you do better?

 

Discussion Questions:

 

Review the excerpt and discuss the following questions:

 

“What Can We Do To Help?

• Pick up after ourselves—don’t litter

• Reduce waste – recycle more

• Join or organize a community cleanup

• Use less (or no) fertilizer in your yard

• Buy fruits and vegetables that are pesticide-free

• Opt for nontoxic, more natural cleaning products

• Reuse bags and food and drink containers”

 

Which of the above suggestions do you think will be the easiest to integrate into your daily life? Which may be the most challenging? How can you encourage classmates to help the environment? How can you make these changes in your school?

 

Small group discussion and activity: 

 

Consider this: the Mississippi River drains more than 40 percent of the water from our country’s rivers and streams right into the Gulf of Mexico. Keep plastic out of the ocean. Some marine animals like seals and sea birds think floating plastic might be something to eat. They end up getting tangled

with no escape, and could even perish.

 

In The Seattle Times e-Edition and/or archives research instances in which marine animals have been affected or harmed by human’s damage to the ocean. Effects may range from floating plastic to oil spills. Take notes and organize your findings into a short essay.

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Program Content for April 17, 2015

Each week, this lesson will share some classroom activity ideas that use the newspaper or other NIE resources.  You are encouraged to modify this lesson to fit the needs of your students.  For example, some classrooms may be able to use this as a worksheet and others might need to ask and answer the questions in a class discussion. 

Please be sure to preview all NIE content before using it in your classroom to ensure it is appropriate for all of your students.

Materials you will need for this lesson: The Seattle Times e-Edition

Article: “Recycle 101: Help Make Every Day Earth Day”

Page: Business D8

Date: Sunday, April 12, 2015

 

Pre- Reading Discussion Questions: 

 

Look at the title and images on page D8. When is Earth Day? What will you do to celebrate Earth Day?

 

Vocabulary: 

 

Read the following quotes and determine the meaning of the word based on how it’s used in the sentence:

 

Talk with your school office about starting a campaign to reduce junk mail.

 

(a series of activities designed to produce a particular result)

 

 Turn leftovers into nutrient-rich compost that will be used to grow new crops of food!”

 

(nutrient: a substance that plants, animals, and people need to live and grow)

(compost: a decayed mixture of plants (such as leaves and grass) that is used to improve the soil in a garden)

 

“Earth Committee: Rally around the Earth by starting a club or committee whose mission is to brainstorm ways to reduce waste and recycle more school-wide.”

 

(rally: to publicly support or oppose something or someone as a group)

(committee: a group of people who are chosen to do a particular job or to make decisions about something)

 

Journal Writing Prompts: 

 

“Working with your teachers, develop a pledge to waste less and recycle more. This pledge can contain a few easy steps to follow whether you’re in class or in the lunchroom. Set up signature booths at school to help spread the word about school-wide eco-friendly efforts and ask students and teachers to sign the pledge.”

 

What steps will you follow in both the classroom and the lunchroom as part of your pledge? What other places, where you could waste less and recycle more, could you add to your pledge? How will you encourage students and teachers to sign your pledge?

 

Discussion Questions:

 

Review the excerpt and discuss the following questions:

 

“Talk with your art teachers about creating a large-scale art project using nothing but recycled materials—you never know where your imagination will take you!”

 

In a group brainstorm recycled materials you could use in a large-scale art project. Why is it better to use recycled materials as opposed to new materials? How might your art project celebrate Earth Day? Draft a list of the art projects and sketch how they will look.

 

Small group discussion and activity: 

 

We would like to hear from you!

Send us an email at alaughlin@republicservices.com to let us know how you celebrate Earth Day 2015! We will share your efforts on our national Facebook page and help spread the word for earth-friendly efforts!

 

Discuss how you will celebrate Earth Day 2015. Then, write a draft of an email explaining your plan for Earth Day and how it will contribute to our planet. Ask a peer to review your email before you send it.

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