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Curriculum Q & A Blog, Question 50

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    Katie Shenk

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How can I use my knowledge of trees, birds and pollinators to contribute to a better world?

K-2 students using EL Education’s K-2 ELA curriculum, this post is for YOU!  You’ve been learning so much about trees, birds and pollinators!  Are you ready to use your expertise to help celebrate EL Education’s Better World Day on Friday, May 1st by teaching others or helping trees, birds and pollinators thrive?  We’ve brainstormed a few simple and fun projects to inspire you.  

Explore the options below with a family member or caregiver. Choose one, create your project, and share it with others. If you have internet access, share it on social media using the hashtag #BetterWorldDay.

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Kindergarten students at Answer Charter in Boise, Idaho, created these note cards as part of their study of birds.

Expert Note Card 

  • Create an eye-catching notecard that teaches others about trees, birds or butterflies.  See the EL Home Collection: Note Cards for inspiration!
  • On the front of a piece of paper or cardstock, create a colorful and high-quality picture of a tree, bird or butterfly. You can use any materials you’d like--the sky’s the limit!  
  • On the back write an interesting fact you’ve learned from your research (or write a sentence about why people should care about trees, birds, or butterflies)
  • Write a letter on your card to someone you want to thank or just say to say hello.  Deliver or mail your special card.

Bird Feeder or Bee Hotel 

  • Create bird feeders for animals to eat from when trees no longer have leaves, seeds, buds and nuts in early spring.  Of course, birds love the snacks any time of year.
  • You can find some ideas for homemade bird feeders here.
  • Bee hotels, also called nests or houses, are a great way to attract pollinators to a flower or vegetable garden.  Here are three different styles and directions for designing your own.

Field Guide to Trees, Birds and Pollinators  

  • Create a field guide to teach others about the trees, birds, or pollinators where you live.  Take a look at some models (and learn some tips for creating your field guide) here. 
  • Trees: Make a local tree field guide to post in the community to share knowledge about trees, their needs, and what they provide
  • Birds: Create a local bird field guide to share knowledge about local birds and their amazing bodies.
  • Pollinators: Design a local pollinator guide to teach others about pollinators and how they are the secret to so many of the fruits and vegetables we eat.
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This local field guide was created by kindergarten students from the Capital City Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. as part of an investigation on local trees.

We hope you’ll join thousands of students taking action for Better World Day by creating one of these projects. You may also choose to make a video, painting, or sidewalk chalk creation in appreciation of those who are demonstrating courage and kindness by helping others in this difficult time—and posting them on social media with #BetterWorldDay. Follow hashtag #BetterWorldDay here and across social media to see students in action in communities around the country.

EL Education’s Ron Berger will host a virtual Community Closing Circle in honor of Better World Day this Friday, May 1 from 4- 4:30 pm EST. Register for the Community Closing Circle today!