Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Earth Hour and Fancy Nancy

At 8.30 PM on Saturday 26 March 2011, lights will switch off around the globe for Earth Hour.

Teaching the children about ecology and caring for the planet is pretty important around our parts... as I am sure it is with yours. So we have some simple and fun activities that we are leading up into Earth Hour here in our schoolroom...

For the younger elementary set we're reading Fancy Nancy: Every Day Is Earth Day by Jane O'Connor. Fancy Nancy is a big hit around here and the independence of being able to read has made it a treat for quiet time for both adults and children.

The Amazon.com description is as follows:
"After learning at school that “every day is Earth Day,” Fancy Nancy takes her lessons home. After espousing rhyming “green rules” to her family (“Dad, don’t waste water. Get clean, but stay green!”), Nancy ramps up the eco-enforcement, and minor mishaps result: Mom loses work, for example, when Nancy turns off the computer to save energy. The story’s messages about balancing environmental enthusiasm with tolerance and common sense bring fresh angles to this well-paced installment in the consistently strong early reader series. As usual, the exuberant line-and-wash illustrations amplify the story’s sense of messy, creative fun. Grades K-2."

So have fun with it, introduce book reports, and use the literature unit as a spring board into other areas of study. We sure will!

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