My Promise to the Earth
Estimated Time Required:
1 - 2 sessions depending on length of review and discussion before art creation.
Materials:
5" paper squares from recycled material, pencils, colored pencils, crayons, markers, and masking tape.
Directions:
This activity can provide a review and culmination for lessons learned about recycling and caring for the earth. It can be a classroom project or conducted school-wide. This activity can also be adapted for families.
  1. Discuss and review what children can do to care for the earth.
  2. Each child will make a special promise to the earth. Teachers or parents can make a word bank with words and phrases related to the promise of caring for the environment (e.g., "pick up trash," "conserve water," "plant trees," "recycle," "re-use," and so on.). Word banks are helpful in many literacy activities across the curriculum. 
  3. Each child uses his/her square to create one piece of a large paper quilt. Each uses words and/or drawings to depict the promise.
  4. Take each of the children's squares and tape them close together on a large wall creating a full quilt. Visitors will love looking at the individual promises and children will feel proud of their commitment. They will be excited to see the final collaborative outcome of a beautiful hand-made quilt. 
Follow-Up:
Periodically, ask children to tell you what they are doing to keep their promise.
Creator:
This activity was submitted by Marie Sciretta, first grade teacher.
Credits:
This activity was part of a collaborative effort with other teachers in my school.
 
Skills:
Collaborating with others
Listening for information
Category:
Language and Literacy
Science
Visual Arts
Topics:
Protecting the Environment:
  Sharing knowledge
Grade Level(s)
• Kindergarten
• 1st Grade
• 2nd Grade
• 3nd Grade

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