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Monday, August 9, 2010

Environmental Superheroes!

This year we will continue to renew our focus on ecological awareness. As a school, we are currently imagining even more ways to cut down on waste, increase recycling, use earth friendly cleaning products, etc. Summers-Knoll takes its status as a Michigan Green School very seriously and is committed to becoming better stewards of our environment each and every year.

In our classroom, I would like to take it one step further. Along with taking care of food scraps by feeding them to our worm bin, using both sides of the paper, and picking up litter on our playground, we will also be environmental superheroes by doing a special project each month.

Here are some ideas that I’ve come up with so far:

September – plant a tree

October – trick or treat reusable bags from recycled pillowcases

November – sponsor a bird at Leslie Science Center

December – handprint wrapping paper

January – junk mail challenge

February – make valentines for classmates, and birdseed valentines for the birds on our playground

March – make own "green" cleaning solutions for spring cleaning

April – earth day special event

May – compost harvesting

Do you have any ideas? I’d love to hear them!


Odie Langley said...

I am so impressed with what you have going on at your school. That is a kind of training so few of our children are getting. Hopefully your ideas will stimulate interest among other schools. Keep up the great work and be proud.

Miss M. said...

I'd like to know what the "junk mail challenge" is. Your other ideas are great!

Susan said...

Thanks, Odie, for your nice comments.

Miss M., I am planning on having the kids bring in all the junk mail their families receive for a whole week. We will count it, weigh it, and figure out how much on average our classroom gets in junk mail each year. It is always an astounding number :-(

Best part? Kids get to use the shredder - they love that part!

Anonymous said...

I love these ideas and I like the theme of choosing a new idea each month. Instead of a bat in November, you may want to consider supporting a bird at Leslie Science Center. That way the kids could go visit "their" bird and learn something about it.

Susan said...

That actually is a great idea about adopting a bird. We LOVE Leslie Science Center, and our theme of October is "flight". Hmmmmm...