Monday Motivation: Earth Day is Coming!

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So I did a little bit of Kindergarten math this morning and found that there are only 40 39 (we can go ahead and scratch today off) school days left until summer break!  I’m so looking forward to some sun and relaxation.  Until then, however, it’s time to make the most of the little bit of time that I have left with the kiddos!
For Monday Motivation this week I wanted to share an Earth Day inspired craft that is perfect for reusing mismatched paper, old magazines, newspapers, etc.

It just so happened that last week our theme was the ocean.  Needless to say, we read “The Rainbow Fish” by Marcus Pfister.  If you don’t own a copy of this book, there is an awesome version from the Screen Actor’s Guild [here].  But I highly recommend keeping a hard copy on hand because of the shiny scales – the kiddos go crazy!

Long story short, we did some text-related activities with the story during our literacy block.  Then, we circled back to it during Science to talk about Earth Day!  We talked about what could happen to our oceans if we don’t take care of them.  We also talked about reusing items to make new items (IE: magazine strips into art :)!!)

This Earth Day activity is super simple and great for illustrating how we can re-purpose items to reuse them.  You will need:

  • Animal of your choice printed on card stock (a fish is great if tying into “The Rainbow Fish”)
  • Magazines cut into strips (be sure to get ride of any pages that may not be appropriate for school)
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Glitter

To top off our art we had to add a single glittery scale!  This brought it all back to the read aloud from earlier, and you can’t go wrong with glitter!

Happy Monday, y’all!

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