Green Earth Week - April 20-25, 2020 

Meet a Scientist ONLINE on Thursday, April 23

Meet a Scientist this Thursday!

Twain PTSA invites you, students and parents to “Meet a scientist” Online this Green Earth week!

Date: Thursday April 23rd, 2020

Time: 4PM (after “school” ends)

Join the Zoom Meeting here.

We are happy to welcome Rachael Lowe, an African elephant conservationist from sunny Australia!

Her work focuses on African elephants, climate change, First Nation cultural and natural resource management and geographic information systems (mapping).

She will chat with us and answer questions about wildlife conservation and especially African elephants.

 

Educational Videos about Recycling, Compost and looking after the Earth

Here is a list of family friendly videos your family can watch when celebrating Green Earth Week from home. Stay safe, everyone!

For Grades K-2:

Peppa Pig episode about Recycling (5:10): In this video Peppa and George learn that some “rubbish” can be recycled. 

We're Going Green (2:39): This video is loaded with ways to make better choices for the planet, through recycling, reusing and conserving. 

Betsy's Kindergarten Adventures: Happy Earth Day (13:07): Betsy learns about why we celebrate Earth Day, how it originated and how we can help keep our Earth clean.

Recycle (3:06): This short video teaches the importance of recycling and includes a song that will help your students why it is importance we recycle and the basic process of recycling.

Waste Management – Recycling at school (2:23)

For Grades 3-5:

The Story of Stuff (20:00): Check out all the info and short videos about how we got to the place where we collect so much STUFF! 

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (6:50): A fun and energetic music video with great ideas for the 3 R's.

Ryan's Recycling - 9-Year-Old Entrepreneur Goes Green and then Goes Global (3:40): An inspirational video about a 9-year-old entrepreneur who owns Ryan's Recycling.

Plastic Pollution: How Humans are Turning the World into Plastic (9:01): This videos explains the history of plastic, why plastic turned into a problem and what we can do to fight plastic pollution.

Landfill Harmonic (3:26): An inspirational story of a community of young people in Paraguay that build instruments from trash.

The Compost Story (6:46): Find out what would happen if we diverted the 60 billion pounds of mineral-rich food materials that go to landfills each year in the U.S. alone and turned them into compost. 

Turning Organics and Green Waste Into Gardening Gold Compost (5:30): This video is a demonstration of exactly how we are converting over a million pounds a day of food scraps and green waste into compost at our Everett Washington processing facility.

For all ages:

What It Means to Recycle Often. Recycle Right (2:25): A great recycling video for kids from Waste Management.

General recycling video from Waste Management (5:03)

Mason Bees: Welcome Home (1:24): Learn how a local PTSA member, Caroline Speirs, added mason bees to her garden.

 

Art Projects at Home

Here are some fun and easy art projects that your family can do to celebrate Earth Day, using materials you can find in your own home!

Seeds bomb

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtB7-eDX7k0

 

Paper bag wall art

http://smallforbig.com/2013/09/diy-paperbag-paintings.html

 

Milk carton bird feeders

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efANc7PPIUM

 

Books and Movies

 

Book lists

For lists of children's books that deal with recycling and waste reduction.

Best earth day books selected by teachers

20 Inspiring picture books for Earth Day

Top 10 Earth Day books for children

Website offering books swaps while social distancing

 

Family Friendly Movies

Wall E

Finding Nemo

March of the Penguins 

Happy Feet 

Fern Gully

Ice Age 

The Lorax 

Hoot

Free Willy

Brother Bear 

Bee Movie 

Over the Hedge 

 

Great Articles

Take the Earth Day challenge at https://www.earthday.org/earth-day-challenge/

Take an Earth Day quiz! https://www.earthday.org/earth-day-quizzes/

For grade-specific five-day lesson sets with a Waste Reduction Theme, visit https://www.greeneducationfoundation.org/nationalgreenweeksub/curriculum-and-activities/curriculum-ngw

Steps to natural yard care – with all this time on our hands, now is the time to learn about your yard and plant something or dig up weeds! https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/dnrp/solid-waste/programs/natural-yard-care.aspx

Learn how to help your yard attract butterflies and bees, earth’s pollinatorshttps://www.earthday.org/actions/plant-a-pollinator-garden/

Support reforestation by donating to The Canopy Project. https://www.earthday.org/campaign/the-canopy-project/