…and have greater educational impact

   Librarian Hella Rumschlag at Mohawk Trails Elementary in Carmel, IN

As you know, the more you invest in a school event, the greater the impact is. We want your kids to get as much out of the Authors for Earth Day experience as possible.

Our A4ED program is designed to help you meet many educational standards but we encourage you to amplify the benefits of your author's visit by engaging the students in additional activities prior to the event. You might even consider making Earth Day a study unit for the whole school.

Celebrate Earth Day

Here are some excellent ideas from other schools:

Make posters. Let the students create posters for each nominee organization, highlighting key details about their conservation work. This is one fast and fun way to solidify the kids' research and bring a celebratory spirit to the school walls.

Produce PSAs. Let students create short informative videos (or radio announcements) about each nominee organization, which can be broadcast over school intercast system leading up to the event.

Give presentations. Let students prepare talks with visual aids about each nominee organization that can be presented to other classrooms/grade levels. Mentoring is a wonderful way to share knowledge.

Use our A4ED curriculum. We offer a host of environmentally themed activities and curriculum that meet educational standards while inspiring students to contemplate the role the living Earth plays in human health, prosperity and happiness.

Read related books. Share books from our Suggested Books list to get the students thinking about the beauty and importance of Earth's bio-nets.

Watch a documentary film. Allow classes to watch a half-hour segment of an educational film that focuses on the environment. Examples include Earth (Disneynature), Planet Earth (BBC), Blue Planet (BBC), Home (20th Century Fox) and Human Footprint (National Geographic).

write your Senators

Write your Senators. Show students the power of writing by allowing them to voice to their opinions about a key environmental issue through persuasive formal letters to members of Congress.

Involve the community. See if the botanical garden will donate a tree for the kids to plant. Or ask a local wildlife rehabilitation center to donate a few family passes for some drawings on the day of the event.

Contact the media. Reach out to your area newspapers, television news and radio stations and tell them about your special A4ED author visit. This is a wonderful opportunity to share a positive message about your school and students.

Raise extra funds to donate. Do a recycling program or collect Quarters for Conservation. Add your proceeds to the author's donation—it's a great way for students to enjoy teamwork and know their efforts will support nature.

Be creative. Use your A4ED author event as the foundation for new ideas and projects that will engage students and educate them about the natural world.

other helpful links:
Available Authors & Illustrators
Funding an Author Visit
Hosting an Author
Seven Steps to Success
Where it Began