1.) Overview of Earth Day
2.) Read “Just a Dream” by Chris Van Allsburg
3.) Discuss different types of pollution, pollution issues in your own community
4.) List environmental events from “Just a Dream”
5.) Divide participants into groups, pick one of the issues from the story and illustrate how they would solve it
6.) Brainstorm ways that all of us can help save the Earth today
1.) The Learner Will discover the reason we celebrate Earth Day
2.) The Learner Will identify pollutants in and around their neighborhood
3.) The Learner Will develop an understanding of ways we can address environmental issues and solve them
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.2.RI.7 -- Explain how specific images (e.g., a diagram showing how a machine works) contribute to and clarify a text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.3.RI.2 -- Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.3.RI.7 -- Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.3.RL.1 -- Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.4.RI.8 -- Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.4.RL.1 -- Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.NS. K-4.1 Science as Inquiry
As a result of the activities in grades K-4, all students should develop
Abilities necessary to scientific inquiry
NS. K-4.6 Personal and Social Perspectives
As a result of the activities in grades K-4, all students should develop an understanding of Changes in the environment
Ohio State Standards
RI.3.7 Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text
to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events
SL.3.3 Ask and answer questions about information from a speaker, offering appropriate
elaboration and detail.
3.ESS.2 Earth’s resources can be used for energy.
3.ESS.3 Some of Earth’s resources are limited.
5 Daily life is influenced by agriculture, industry, and natural resources in different
6 Evidence of positive and negative human modification of the environment can be observed
in the local community.
10 Individuals make the community a better place by taking action to solve problems in a way
that promotes the common good.
English Language Arts
RI.4.7 Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs,
diagrams, timelines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain
how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.
SL.4.3 Identify the reasons and evidence a speaker provides to support particular points.
12 People have modified the environment throughout history resulting in both positive and
negative consequences in Ohio and the United States.