GPISD Outdoor Classroom Newsletter - April/May 2020
Every year on April 22, Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.
Things to look for in this issue:
- Victory gardens
- Gnome info
- History of Earth Day
- Earth Day challenges
- Connecting Earth Day
- Conservation ideas
- Earth Day appreciation & craftivities
What are they?
During World War II, Victory Gardens were planted by families in the United States (the Home Front) to help prevent a food shortage. This meant food for everyone! Planting Victory Gardens helped make sure that there was enough food for our soldiers fighting around the world.
The Victory Garden Project
The goal of The Classroom Victory Garden Project is to teach elementary students about the role of community in WWII through interdisciplinary curriculum designed to connect the past and the present. Millions of Americans grew Victory Gardens in their backyards - and on rooftops and in window boxes - during WWII to supplement their wartime rations and help spur victory. That can-do spirit can offer your young students an age-appropriate entree into the lessons and history of WWII
Read more about it by clicking on this link
Spring is here! What could you plant?
Early April plant:
Late April plant:
Snap a picture and share it using #GPISDeco
Did you gnome?
Lee Elementary and Austin Environmental Science Academy are the campuses had the most readership for the Feb/March newsletter and won Earth Day goodies and reusable totes. Way to go Lee and Austin! These will be delivered to you as soon as school is back in session.
Will your campus be this month's winner? How to participate?
Share this newsletter with your staff, parents, social media.
Each person reads the newsletter and finds the gnome.
Click on the gnome and complete the requested information by May 1st!
Happy gnome hunting!
This month the TOP 2 GPISD campuses with the most readership will receive Earth Day goodies.
Earth Day is EVERY DAY Challenges!
We would love to see you and your family participate in these challenges to show your love and care for our Earth. Please share the challenges by posting on social media using#GPISDeco
Week of April 13-17 Challenge
This week we want to see your family's recycling mascot. Show off your creative reuse abilities! Post photographs with these hashtags #GPISDeco and #WeAreGPISD or #GPISDstillCreating. You can also email to WeAreGPISD@gpisd.org. Let us know what school you represent.
Meet Henry the Trash Eating Raccoon!
Henry lives at Bowie Fine Art Academy and is made from things that can be recycled. Create a mascot out of recyclables that will help remind your family to recycle!
Connecting Earth Day to Learning & Take Action
Read the book The Lorax by Dr. Seuss: Discuss about the ways that the Once-ler did not take care of the land of the Lorax. How would you take care of the earth?
Watch the video about air pollution. Talk about different causes of pollution and how that can affect the world (lungs, water, sight, animals)
Recycling and Compost lesson (has a google classroom post option)
Don’t Mess with Texas
Take action with the Don't Mess with Texas Campaign
There is also a mini-activity book to promote the beautification of Texas
Go on a nature walk! (while keeping social distancing of 6ft+)
- There are many things to explore when going on a quiet walk. Create your own scavenger hunt prior to your walk. Or find one on the internet to make the nature walk have purpose.
- Learn to identify the 16 focal species. Use the bird-ID guide below and silhouette posters. If you want to obtain a regional list of focal species, visit Celebrate Urban birds
- Pick a place to watch birds and stick to it! Your bird-watching area should be 50 feet by 50 feet—about the size of half a basketball court. Find and remember the visual boundaries of your area. Don’t change your bird-watching area.
- Spend just 10 minutes observing birds. Repeat your observations 3 times (use data chart attached).
Make art to express your appreciation for Earth
- Listen to the song: What a Wonderful World by Lois Armstrong After listening to the song a few times, the students will paint a water color picture using some of the phrases of the song.
- Recycled art: Take something that was meant to be trash but make a new art piece with it! Tinfoil is perfect for molding into a new sculpture.
- Nature Art: Take natural items and create a picture