April Holidays ~ Teacher's Guide

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Activity 1 Online Matching Game
Weekly Reader Game
http://www.weeklyreader.com/cgi-bin/match/match.pl?database=prek

Activity 2 Online Coloring pages

Select Our beautiful earth online coloring
http://www.weeklyreader.com/features/cbpals.html#zip
Select Recycling online coloring page
http://www.weeklyreader.com/features/cbpals.html#zip

Activity 3 Recycling game

Sorting trash
http://www.funschool.com/cgi-bin/ga?pe1_ds1a,k
 

Other April Links:
Arbor Day and Earth Day
http://www.idahoforests.org/feature.htm
 
See Baby Chicks Hatch
http://www.msichicago.org/exhibit/chick/chick.html
 

Other Projects and Ideas:
 

Arbor Day, the traditional day of tree planting, is often observed on April 10, but in this lesson it will be combined with Earth Day. These special days provide an opportunity to impress children with the importance of conservation. Students could raise money to buy and plant a tree to honor the day.

Adopt a tree near a classroom window or near the playground. Take pictures of the tree during the different seasons. Collect leaves from this tree during the different seasons. Crayon rubbings are a great way to notice tiny marks on the leaves. Bark rubbings are also fun.

Arbor Day Scavenger Hunt Take the class on a walk to find items on the list? Happy hunting!

A tree younger than you
An insect on a tree
A songbird in a tree
A bird's nest in a tree (don't
disturb it!)
A twig with a "face"
An animal's home in a tree
A tree shaped like a triangle
A tree that's changed something
A stump telling a tree's history
Dried tree"blood" (sap)
Last year's leaf still on a tree
Three leaves with different shades of green
A partially eaten seed cone
A tree with a healed injury
A tree that could use your help
A tree three times as tall as you
A seedling just sprouting near an older tree
Five things you've used today that have come from trees


Videos:

Videos may be ordered from: Cooperating School Districts, Inc. (CSD)
http://info.csd.org/data/geogr.html
 
Catalog Number: 04600 Run Time: 15 minutes
Video : 1993

Program Title: America's Special Days: Arbor Day/Earth Day

 
Synopsis:
"America's Special Days" salutes Arbor Day and Earth Day with our guide, Francesca. Important facts are introduced by her as we view trees in different seasons and locations. A class visits Arbor Lodge in Nebraska City, Nebraska, the home of J. Sterling Morton, founder of Arbor Day. A class plants a tree in Lincoln, Nebraska, in honor of Arbor Day. The next event is a visit to an Australian rain forest. Francesca's teacher explains how trees are an integral part of the web of life on Earth.


Books:

 
Busy Year - Lionni
Johnny Appleseed - Lindbergh
Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom - Martin/Archambault
The Giving Tree - Silverstein
A Tree Can Be - Nayer
Fresh Fall Leaves - Franco
When Autumn Comes - Maass
 
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