for Earth Day
students will write a story which takes place in a
- Pictures of different
environments. Use the Environments
Worksheet, if needed.
Map (if needed)
- Paper and writing utensils
- Art materials to
illustrate the story, if desired.
- Facilitate a discussion on
all the different environments which make up the
planet Earth. Have the students brainstorm some
different environments and list them on chart paper or
the blackboard. Use the Environments
Worksheet or any pictures available to help
brainstorm a list.
- Explain to the students
they may pick any environment they wish to be the
setting for a story. With younger students, the
class may want to decide on an environment and write a
whole class story in which each student contributes a
sentence. Older students may write a story of
their choice in the setting of their choice.
Help the students think about what may be in the
environment they have chosen before they begin
writing. This may help them decide on characters
and plot. A story
map may be helpful in outlining the stories before
they begin the writing process.
- If time allows, have the
students illustrate their stories, featuring the
environment they have chosen.
- Have the students write a
letter to a "Save the Earth" organization,
supporting their work. Or have them write a
letter to a government official urging them to work on
saving the earth.
- Have the students complete
the thought "The Earth is special