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The Giving Earth

The Earth is constantly giving us clean water, shelter, food, and so much more! Through this lesson, students will learn about how nature is always giving and discuss ways we can appreciate and take care of our environment.
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Students will be able to identify ways they may remember to be thankful for nature and to take care of the Earth.

(10 minutes)
  • Join students together in a circle, either seated or standing.
  • Ask students to walk around the room to music and when the music stops to form groups of two or three.
  • Play music.
  • Pause music and ask students to partner up.
  • Ask students to answer the question in their pairs: "What are some ways we rely on the environment and the Earth?"
  • Give students 2–3 minutes to respond in their pairs.
  • Play music and have students walk around again.
  • Pause music and ask students to find new partners.
  • Ask students to answer the following question in their pairs: "What are some ways you conserve energy and take care of the Earth?"
  • Give students 2–3 minutes to respond in their pairs.
  • Play music and have students walk around again.
  • Pause music and ask students to partner up with someone new.
  • Ask students to answer the following question in their pairs: "What are some things our class can do to conserve energy and give back to the planet?"
  • Give students 2–3 minutes to respond in their pairs.
  • Bring students back together.
  • Ask students to respond to the whole group to share how they answered the previous questions in their smaller groups.
(15 minutes)
  • Bring students outside (if possible).
  • Ask the class, "Has anyone heard of the book The Giving Tree?
  • Show the class the book.
  • Ask, "If you have not read the book, what do you think it will be about?"
  • Explain that they will have a project where they can choose if they would like to write a book similar to this one, or to read the book to a younger student and offer a lesson on the ways we rely on the Earth, trees, and nature.
  • Read the book The Giving Tree.
  • Ask, "What happened in the story? What does the tree want from the boy? What does the boy want from the tree?"
  • Ask, "How did you feel hearing this story? Are there ways we take advantage of all that nature provides? What are ways we can show appreciation for trees and nature?"
(5 minutes)
  • Review The Giving Earth worksheet with the class.
  • Model how to complete the mini-project of creating a book, or writing a lesson to implement with another younger student.
  • Ask students if they have any questions.
(20 minutes)
  • Dismiss students to go back to their seats to work independently. Circle around the room and connect with as many students as possible to check for understanding, answer questions, and provide support as needed.

Enrichment: Ask advanced students to make a video that reminds others of all that nature provides and gives examples of how they can show gratitude for nature.

Support: Work one-on-one or in small groups with some students during independent work time that need extra support.

(5 minutes)
  • Walk around the room and check student comprehension of all that nature gives and how we can show our appreciation.
(5 minutes)
  • Bring groups back together in a circle.
  • Ask students to present their book or lesson ideas.
  • Ask students to facilitate P-Q-S (praise, question, suggestion) after each presentation to practise active listening, integrate learning, and build connection.
  • Explain that on another day, the class will read their books or implement their lessons with younger students.
  • Ask, "How can we remember to be thankful for nature and the Earth? How can we show our gratitude?"

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