Hi Everyone, Today, April 22nd, we take time to celebrate and honor our Earth! There are lots of activities taking place all over Boston and all over the world today to show how we need to protect and preserve our natural resources, before it’s too late. We started today’s class with a discussion about the history of Earth Day, and read this article Celebrate Earth . We talked about what other countries are doing to address environmental issues like air and water pollution, climate change, melting polar ice caps, and a general waste of non-renewable resources. This year’s theme is about planting trees and restoring our air and earth. In honor of this we all got a small paper Earth which contains flower seeds that you can plant. Here are the instructions on how to grow the seeds: First, soak the Earth in water overnight. Then break it into small pieces and plant it in a small pot (or cup) of dirt. Water it daily and give it some sunshine and in 1-3 weeks you will have some pretty wildflowers! (Don’t forget to add some love, too.)
Hope you enjoy celebrating Earth Day by planting your own flowers!
As we talk about environmental and other issues we often use verbs like should, must and have to. For example, We should protect the environment. It makes good sense. We must protect our environment or our resources will disappear. You have to use other forms of transportation occasionally. Here’s a table to show the different uses of these verbs: We also did this practice of should, must, and have to, just click here to review it again.
So, we continued our discussion about Earth Day and focused on non-human life forms on Earth – plants and animals. We don’t always think about plants and animals when we think about air and water pollution and climate change and deforestation, but, these creatures and living species are also deeply affected. Each year certain animal and plant species are listed as extinct, and also each year there are discoveries of new plant and animal species. We looked at some of these new discoveries and then watched this film which looks at the theme of preserving what we have on Earth in order to discover more. The film shows us some very unusual species that have recently been discovered.
Hopefully, we will honor and cherish Earth every day, not just today. We agreed that the environmental issues are real and significant, but, together we can all help.
Words of the day
adrift (adjective) : of a boat: floating on the water without being tied to anything : without guidance, purpose, or support She was alone and adrift when she arrived in Boston by herself for the first time last year.
akimbo (adjective) : of the arms : with hands on the hips and the elbows turned outward He was trying to get everyone’s attention and stood at the head of the class with arms akimbo.
ponytail (noun) : a way of arranging hair by gathering it together at the back of the head and letting it hang down freely Her hair is so long that she usually wears her hair pulled back in a ponytail.
Remember to relax and practice!
For Earth Day and everyday, let’s never forget the 3Rs.