Planet Earth

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Objective:  Children gain awareness and appreciation for our Earth.

Preparation:

Lesson:
Read and discuss an Earth book.  Possible discussion ideas while showing maps and/or globe:

  • Earth is the third planet from the Sun.
  • The fifth largest planet in the solar system.
  • It is the only planet we know has millions of species of plants and animals.
  • It has one moon.
  • It orbits around the sun.
  • Earth is about 4.5 billion years old.
  • Earth consists of rocks, minerals, soil and land forms such as mountains.
  • Earth is also covered with water, in the form of oceans, lakes and rivers.
  • Earth is part of the solar system that circles around the sun once in a year or every 365 ¼ days .

Discuss ways to help take care of our Earth:

  • Keep the Earth clean.
  • Make less trash.
  • Use less energy and water.
  • Plant and take care of trees and plants.  (This helps to clean the air.)

Activity: Earth Painting

  • Have children draw continents on circles with green and brown crayons.
  • Paint over the whole paper with blue watercolor.  (Use a large paintbrush.)
  • Let it dry.
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