3—Why is the Earth crying?
Read and discuss the poem ‘The Earth is crying’ by Maria Boland. Have the students practise reading the poem together, to become more fluent.
Students then form groups for guided choral reading for an audience, where they show their comprehension though a readers’ theatre/performance, such as to Year 5/6 students, with groups reading with expression and explaining why they chose to read in the way they did.
Help students to recognise that the poem represents a very negative view of the environment. It is important to remind students that people around the world are actively taking steps to care for the environment.
Have students plan an artwork in the form of a two-dimensional picture from recycled paper, and using the text illustrations in The Tomorrow Book as a guide, to show how we can help conserve the Earth’s resources by recycling and reusing resources.
Reducing human impact
Encourage students to think about how we can help conserve the Earth’s resources — at home and in the classroom and school — by first considering the following cartoons.
Have the class draw up a mind map together, listing ways in which greenhouse gas emissions might be reduced around the home or at school by using energy more wisely.To help guide students about what they can do at home, use resources such as those for simple energy saving actions and the energy efficient house.
With reference to the energy efficient house, have students complete an assessment task as a group.
Have students work in pairs, using a jargon buster or glossary to plan and produce a wonderword puzzle, using unfamiliar terms and discussing those unfamiliar terms and their meanings. Have students then swap the puzzles among pairs to be completed.
As an extension activity, have students watch the energy video Current Affairs, or read the scrolling comic of the story Adventures of Energy Man and Energy Bo (both on the same web page).