- share knowledge and ideas from their research to inform others,
- raise awareness of the impact of human activity on the environment,
- connect others to the natural world around them,
- change minds and behavior for lasting impact.
As students connect their research to action, rather than telling them what to make, work with your students to discuss effective products and solutions they can create to achieve these goals. Here are some ideas you can share with them to get their creative juices flowing.
Interviews with animals about habitat encroachment, human impact on their environment, and life as an endangered species is a fun way to inform others and combine informative, narrative writing, and even argument writing! The first-person style of an interview makes it a great performance task for content understanding because it prevents a simple copy and paste of information.
Interviews are great ways to spark empathy and teach perspective. Students could create Earth Day-inspired interviews with a water drop as it moves through the water cycle or watershed, a piece of plastic left as litter, or as a mountain that has seen changes in the environment around it.
Most students have seen an infographic, but may not have thought about how they are used to help share large amounts of data and information very quickly. Challenge them to take information from their research on Earth Day issues and create an infographic to inform others.
Infographics are not easy to create and require large amounts of research and thoughtful design, making them a fun challenge for your learners. You can find additional samples and ideas to support student work in this Infographics lesson plan.
Comics and Graphic Novels
Comics and graphic novels are colorful, fun, and full of heroes and action. Have students take the excitement of this medium and use it to change attitudes for Earth Day!
When developing their own comic books and graphic novels, students practice summarizing and creating non-linguistic representations—two of the instructional strategies proven to boost student achievement. And Wixie makes it easy to create and print professional-looking comics!
Public Service Announcements
A common project for raising awareness and changing behavior for Earth Day topics is the public service announcement. This is a perfect time to tap into student passion about the environment for a project that really centers around effective communication and the combination of informative, argument, and persuasive writing.
Give your students a goal like raising awareness or changing behavior around an environmental issue important to them, provide a tool like Wixie they can use to design and communicate and see the magic happen this Earth Day!