Since its inception in 1970, Earth Day has been a day set aside to honor and celebrate our environment. It serves as an annual reminder that we have a place in a beautiful and complex natural world, and that we have a responsibility to treat it with respect and care. It’s important to observe a day like this, of course. But true environmental responsibility is not something that takes place just once a year. Opportunities are plentiful for focusing our attention on how we are affecting our environment, and the movement to “make Earth Day every day” is one that is gaining steam, as evidenced by the trending #EarthDayEveryDay Twitter hashtag and environmental education resource collections at National Geographic and How Stuff Works.
Below are a few quick ideas for using Brain Hive eBooks to make Earth Day Every Day by helping you continue the environmentally-focused conversations, activities, and learning experiences that are taking place in your libraries and classrooms today. Take a look, and enjoy using Brain Hive to help fuel your school’s ongoing environmental consciousness!
- Catch the Wind, Harness the Sun, by Michael J. Caduto (Storey Publishers): Introduce your students to ideas relating to alternative, renewable energy resources, and then let them experiment and play with renewable energy! Spark curiosity and creativity, all while exploring larger questions about how our energy needs affect our environment.
- Re-Greening the Environment: Careers in Cleanup, Remediation, and Restoration, by Suzy Gazlay (Crabtree): Teaching a career planning class? Got any environmentally-minded students looking for some guidance? Use this text to highlight green career options with your middle school and high school students who are beginning to plan for higher education and real-world careers.
- Eyes Wide Open: Going Behind the Environmental Headlines, by Paul Fleischman (Candlewick): Looking for ways to teach your upper-grade students to read closely, critically, and without bias? Add this title to your collection of texts for teaching students these skills, and reinforce the need for thoughtful intellectual engagement with environmental issues.
- Old Manhattan Has Some Farms, by Susan Lendroth, illustrated by Kate Endle (Charlesbridge): Introduce your younger students to the practice of urban farming, and celebrate the fact that healthy food can be successfully (and responsibly) grown in almost any environment. Who knows, maybe your students will be inspired to start a school community garden!
This is only a small sampling of the many environmentally-focused eBook titles available on Brain Hive. We’re confident that you can find something in the collection that will spark meaningful learning experiences for your students as they consider how they can best take part in caring for the planet. Come check ’em out today! And, as always, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Molly at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 855-554-4483. Happy Earth Day!