Interactive Book (older groups): Earth dance ( 811.54 RYD Ryder) (acted this out as we read it -- kinesthetic) or Singable Book: What a Wonderful World – George David Weiss & Bob Thiele (several good illustrated versions of this song made famous by Louis Armstrong). Alt: Earthsong by Sally Rogers (musical book -- can act out the motions)
Song/Puppets: “We’ve Got the Whole World in Our hands”… (passed around Earth ball and animal puppets as we sang -- suit verses to puppets e.g. “We’ve got the lions in the plains, …the kangaroos and their joeys,… the birds in the air,…the monkeys in the trees, the whales in the seas, …the squirrels in our gardens, etc.)
Video: Reading Rainbow: On the Day You Were Born (beginning with baby in hospital nursery through story sequence) – consider starting with this as kids arrive if doing as craft program.
Alts: no time: All the World – Scanlon, Earthsong – Rogers (can act out the motions), Mother Earth – Luenn (figurative language), Wangari’s Trees of Peace -JBiog Maathai, The Mangrove Tree: Planting Trees to Feed Families ( J577.698 ROTH), Picture a Tree – Reid, Inch by Inch: The Garden Song -- Mallet
More earth day songs here: http://carolsimonlevin.blogspot.com/2015/04/sing-springhappy-earthday.html, more earth day ideas here: http://carolsimonlevin.blogspot.com/search/label/Earth%20Day%20%26%20Environment
For an "outer space" element and some other ideas, check out: <!--[endif]-->http://storytimewithmisstara.blogspot.com/search?q=earth+day
Tidy – Emily Gravett (2017) good for K+
If You Plant a Seed – Kadir Nelson
Sidewalk Flowers – JonArno Larson
Mrs. Spitzer's Garden -- Edith Pattou -- beautiful book emphasizing metaphor of young students/garden
BWL 4.16 – didn’t do a separate Spring themed program.
(didn’t do this in 2017, consider for 2018)
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/FreeDownload/Earth-Day-Freebie-Includes-Writing-Printables-Headband (made headbands, “hands” (printed on blue) and double-strip (printed on green), along with B&T cardboards cut in 3” strips, markers, gluesticks, scissors, stickers)
4/18/17 BWL with craft above