MAKE IT MEMORABLE!
...and have greater educational impact
As you know, the more energy you invest in an 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 meet many learning 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.
HERE ARE SOME EXCELLENT IDEAS FROM PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS:
Make posters. Allow students to 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 your school walls.
Produce PSAs. Have students create short informative videos or radio announcements about each nominee organization, which can be broadcast over your school intercast system leading up to the event.
Give student presentations. Let students prepare talks with visual aids about each nominee organization that can be presented to other classrooms or grade levels. Mentoring is a wonderful way to share knowledge.
Use our A4ED curriculum. The Educator Preparation Packet you receive from your visiting author offers 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.
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. 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. Ask your local botanical garden to donate a tree for the kids to plant. Or perhaps your local wildlife rehabilitation center will donate a few family passes for a raffle drawing 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 upon which we all depend.