Earth Day, Gardens and Books for the little folks

search-1Our earth is old but continues to grow. Today is considered Earth Day. A day to honor our earth, our plants, animals and the globe we live on. It does seem a bit odd that we find one day each year to show our gratitude for all this world gives to us.

Although I think it needs to be thought about everyday I appreciate taking a day each year to remind ourselves and other about how to care for our earth. As a teacher it is a huge task to engage our students in so we need to think small and locally. This means helping them find the little things they can do each day. Little steps like

  • Reminding them to recycle at school and at home
  • Lunch boxes instead of bags
  • Taking re usable bags to the store when getting food


  • You can add to this list or have your students create lists of all they are already doing

It also means helping our students learn about growing their own food or flowers for the bees. Gardening can be a big task or just a little one – a few pots outside a front door with flowers in them.

In the classroom this might be a great time to start seeds that could be sent home for Mothers Day gifts in May. Herbs like rosemary, thyme or parsley grown easily and quickly. Paper cups, a bit of soil, seeds, a window with light and you are ready to go.

There are so great books to share as you begin your indoor garden:

(Although these books are for the very young when starting plants it is always fun to share picture books with all elementary students.  Have your 4th and 5th graders read them to the little folks around our building.)

  • The Carrot Seed by Krauss
  • Growing Vegetable Soup by Ehlert
  • Planting a Rainbow by Ehlert
  • From Seed to Plant by Gibbons
  • The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle ( new May 19th)
  • Plants that Never Bloom by Heller ( new September 5th 2015) – a story of mushrooms
  • Up in the Garden, Down in the Dirt by Messneer
  • If you Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson
  • Handle with Care – An unusual Butterfly Journey by Burns

What are your favorite spring growing books or earth day books?




About Joanne Toft

I am a retired Minneapolis Public School teacher. I walk, garden, care for my Grandson and write. Life is good!
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