Contents
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Chapter 1: Creating a Greener Earth
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Count Ten Things
Sound Walk
Look Up!
Look Down!
Soil Search
Color Search
Leaf Match
Keep a Calendar
Plant a Sensory Garden
My Nature Name
Nature Is Art!
Nature Scavenger Hunt
Treasure Hunt
Tale of a Tree
Wishing Tree
Animal Watch
Animal Friends
Barefoot Explorations
Gratitude Recycled Puzzles
Recyclable Gift Wrap
The Packaging Problem
Create a Recycling Station
The Great Recycle Hunt
Make a Recycling Monster
Recycle Sorting Game
Trash Audit
What Are You Buying?
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Chapter 3: The Three Rs: Reduce,
Reuse, Recycle
What’s It Made Of?
Create a Doodad Center
Found Object Mosaic
My Recycled Journal
Chapter 4: The Food We Eat
Plants on My Plate
Meal Memories
Spice of Life
Seed Hide-and-Seek
The Great Seed Sort
Seed Eaters
Seeds to Sprouts
Twist and Sprout
Plant Parts
Slurp! Growing a Pizza
Seasons of Food
An Apple’s Journey
Lunchtime Color Challenge
Rainbow on My Plate
Every Little Bit
Crazy Compost Mix-Up Dance
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Chapter 5: Water, Water, Everywhere
Water Words
Evaporating Art
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Making a Cloud
The Great Growing Water Drop
Catching Condensation on a Cup
Wee Watershed
Puddle Hunters
The Water Cycle Walk
Absorb or Run Off?
Water Cycle Garden
Float or Sink?
Discovering Dissolving
Oil and Water
Clean Water
Rain Gauges
Catch It If You Can!
Chapter 6: Air Is All Around Us
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Air Is Real
Air Is Everywhere
Bubbles! Using Air to Move Things
Air Traffic
Wind Ribbons
Simon Says South
Let’s Go Fly a Kite
Air Has Weight
Rocket Balloons
Paper Pinwheels
Scent Chase
Playing with Pollen
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Chapter 7: Weather, Climate,
and Energy
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Shadow Tracing
Taking the Temperature
Melting Ice
Color Connections
Colorful Puddles
Cloudy Days
Raindrop Rainbows
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Observing Weather
Make a Compass
Circle of Energy
Lightbulb Treasure Hunt
Energy Everywhere
Chapter 8: Indoor Environments
and Children’s Health
Muddy Me
Hand Washing Is Beautiful
Sharing Germs
Laundry Day
Soap Sculpture
Soap Making
Make Bubble Bath
Make Cleaning Spray
Cleaning Station
Mitten Wash
Floor Cleaning Boogie
Puppets from Pictures
Sunny Days, Sunny Skin
Chapter 9: Greening Your Program
Host Spring and Fall Cleanups
Reduce Food Waste
Encourage Reuse
Encourage Reuse at Home
Start an E-Newsletter
Encourage Organic
Explore Local CSAs
Start Your Own Garden
Manage Rainwater at Your Site
Encourage Water Conservation at Home
Host a Community Shoreline Cleanup
Celebrate Wind!
Establish a No-Idle Zone
Lower Your Energy Use
Host a Bike- or Walk-to-School Week
Switch to Nontoxic Cleaners and
Personal Care Products
Share Information with Families
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