Teaching Green

With Carol Baxter

Tips for teachers, parents and kids on how to live "greener" everyday lives. >

Hi! Thanks for stopping by. Every month, I will answer your questions onhow to bring environmental studies into the classroom, how to deepen ourenvironmental awareness and how to live more "green". I'll suggest seasonalactivities that can help our children get closer to nature and givesuggestions on how to encourage them to be loving caretakers of our greatplanet earth. I want to encourage our children (and ourselves) to fall inlove with nature. When you love something, you will take care of it.

I look forward to hearing from teachers and parents about environmental projects that you've done that have been successful. E-mail me at teachgreen@aol.com and I'll share with others what you are doing.

Also, I want to hear from Kids! E-mail your poems and stories aboutnature, ecology and our great Planet Earth, to Teachgreen@aol.com and I willshare your feelings with other kids in the Earth Patrol Kids section at theend of this site.


Questions and Answers

Question: I've been reading through your columns and thoroughly enjoy it. You've put some great information out there for teachers and others to draw from.

I will be presenting a topic "Creative Arts for Children Using Recycled Materials" to my class in Administration of Early Childhood Education. I'm looking for some resources, do you have any favorites? Do you know of any websites that contain lesson plans for art projects using recycled materials? What about any books? I need to find projects that are appropriate for the preschool/Kindergarten age group.

Thank you so much for taking the time to pass along any advice you have!Best of luck with your book - I will look for it when it comes out.Sincerely,Lisa Antonic

Answer: Hi Lisa, Thanks for e-mailing!I am so happy to hear that you are focusing on recycled crafts. The world of art surrounds us, or shall I say, art materials are everywhere!!!!

Here are a few books I like, some projects specify recycled materials, other craft ideas you can substitute recycled materials for store bought ones.

Good luck with your presentation. If you have ideas to share, please e-mail me again! Stay green,Carol


Welcome to Spring!

Spring, the season of rebirth (which officially begins on March 21st), is a perfect time to honor the Earth with the celebration of Earth Day. This year, April 22nd is Earth Day's 30th Anniversary. If you haven't officially celebrated Earth Day in the past, make a point to rise to the occasion this year. Earth Day 2000! How can you not?

Here are just a few ways you can celebrate Earth Day 2000 with your family:

UPDATE: Although Earth Day, April 22, has past: Every Day is Earth Day! Here are some ideas for you to think about NOW for Earth Day 2001 ..... or.... some ideas if you want to sponsor a neighborhood Eco-Fest for your neighborhood this summer. Earth Day is Every Day!


This year, plan an ECO-FEST at your school or in your community. It's easy! You CAN do it.

We are sponsoring an ECO-FEST at our elementary school. We are devoting a Saturday in May to the Great Planet Earth. The intent of our ECO-FEST 2000 is to give our students, their families, and the community the opportunity to learn first hand about the many environmental issues that are of concern in our area and how the public can more actively get involved.

Here are some suggestions for you:
From 10:00 am to 11:30 am, organize a "menu" of environmental activities in and around your town.
Families can choose to participate in one activity from the offerings. Arrange to have a volunteer at each activity to lead the group. Some suggestions are:

At 1:00 pm-4:00 pm., The ECO-FEST 2000 Festivities! Hold them at your school or other public place.

Remember, Earth Day is every day. So, an event like this can be held any time of the year. Start planning the fun now!

Good Luck and Happy Earth Day, Every Day to you all.


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