Guess what! Earth Day is my birthday. So I guess I’ve got a special place in my heart for April. But really, it’s a great time of year to explore the way the skills of ELA (across so many modes!) can help spread the message of environmentalism.
Global warming and environmental degradation are huge issues for our students (and of course, for us), and seeing the way people are standing up for our planet using essays, talks, novels, poems, captions, art and podcasts can help them see the power they gain to create change as they build their ELA skills.
Maybe you saw the Black History Month classroom display and the Women’s History Month Display earlier this year. Well, we’re back with another round, the “Environmentalism across Platforms” display. You can use it to provide quick activities for early finishers, activities for stations, bell ringers, or in any other way you can imagine!
Each of the twelve writers or platforms featured on this environmental display has a quick description and then a QR code that leads to a freely available way to dig deeper online. Students can discover new writers and works that intrigue them throughout the month as they explore the links.
(This display has been designed with high school students in mind. You know your students and community best, so please do preview the material.)
To use this display, just make your copy, print the elements (cardstock is ideal), cut them out, and put them up wherever you wish.
You can choose between smaller and larger sized version of the QR-code author and platform posters, depending on how big you want your display to be.
Then just print and connect as many border pieces as you wish.
I hope you’ll enjoy using this display in your hallway or classroom! To get your (totally free) copy, you can subscribe to my email list below, and it will be the first thing I’ll send you. That way you’ll receive my Friday emails full of teaching ideas, and you won’t miss out on the displays still coming for AAPI Heritage month, LGBTQ+ Pride month, and LatinX Heritage month!
Already on the list? Don’t worry, you’ll be getting this display Friday!
I hope you’ll tag me on Instagram @nowsparkcreativity or send along a photo by email to firstname.lastname@example.org once you’ve got your display set up. I love to see the creative ways you use the materials, AND I’m putting together a photo roundup of all the beautiful displays across the world to help inspire others to give this display series a a try.