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Earth Day for Littles! {free}

Happy Hump Day friends!

I know the end of the school year seems to take it's sweet little time to get to the finish line, but geez.... April is almost over! Gah!!  We have 29 days left of school and I can't believe it!  I swear I was welcoming those sweet little first time faces into kindergarten yesterday!

I absolutely LOVE spring time in the classroom  (and not just because visions of summertime are dancing in my head!) but the content just seems to be SO.MUCH.FUN.  This week we will celebrate Earth Day (which sometimes gets overlooked) but it's a great way to teach our littles about the importance of our Earth and how to take care of our earth!

I recently just posted a freebie in my TpT Store for Earth day (Earth Day Writing Freebie) that includes 18 Earth Day vocabulary cards (word and picture) as well as 5 different writing templates.

I just wanted to pop into today to show you a variety of ways that you can use this in your classroom for your students!

First up.... the cards were created in a large format, easy to use whole group, however if you would like a smaller set of cards, simply just print a set of the cards 2 per page! When you print them two per page, they easily fit on a ring!

The cards were created to include in a writing station and use with the included templates (or any writing paper!)

While this may be great for many students,  it may not be appropriate for all students!

Here are some alternatives to use with these cards and writing templates:

Use STAMPS and allow beginning writers to stamp the vocabulary words:

This is great for students in Pre-K and even kinder students who may still be new writers.  

I use my capital/uppercase stamps so they have to match the lowercase letters on the cards to the capital letters on the stamps!  

You can also create a "Write the Room" station!  Just place the cards around the room and allow students to use the recording sheets to document the words. 

You can:

1.  Tell students to write the first five words they find
2. Find three words and use them in a sentence.
3. Write all of the words
4. Your choice!

Maybe you are focusing on writing just ONE sentence in your classroom?!  

Place all of the cards in a bag (doesn't have to be anything fancy!) and allow students to pull out ONE card.  They will have to use this ONE word and create a sentence!  

Are you doing a full unit study for Earth Day?

Use these vocabulary cards and add them to your word wall!

If your students are ready and willing to try writing independently, go for it!

I have included 5 different writing templates:

You can grab all of the vocabulary cards AND writing templates by clicking the picture below:

Hopefully you find a great use for these in your classroom this week!

Happy Teaching :)

Jessica Travis
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