Special Edition: Earth Day, Hooray!
Every other Wednesday, we post selections from our vast archive of Early Math & Early Childhood Ed activities. But we thought Earth Day deserved a special edition! And how many Earth Day stories do you know that also teach place value? Pretty cool, huh?
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Mathstart is a series of 63 storybooks organized into three levels for Pre-K through Grade 4. Each story teaches a different mathematical skill.
EARTH DAY, HOORAY!
Members of Maple Street Save-the-Planet Club are cleaning up Gilroy Park when Ryan has a brainstorm: Instead of throwing aluminum cans in the garbage, why not bring them to the Recycling Center and use the money to buy flowers to decorate the park for Earth Day? Mrs. Watson, the club's advisor, figures out that they're going to need 5,000 cans, so the kids start a big collection campaign at school. Cans are grouped in bags of 10, 100 and 1,000. Recycling facts are sprinkled throughout the illustrations.
Understanding place value is key to working easily with large numbers.
A FEW WORDS ON RECYCLING
Did you know that aluminum cans tally up to just 3% of the weight all the materials recycled in the US? They’re light, but they valuable, generating more than $2 billion per year. Wow.
Even more impressive : It takes just 7% of the electricity to make a recycled aluminum can as it does to make one brand new one. That’s a lot of energy saved!
Many materials can be reused or recycled, including plastic bottles, paper and cardboard boxes.
Do you have recycle bins at your school? What do you recycle?
Let’s make every day Earth Day!
I SEE I LEARN
I See I Learn is a series of 16 stories that follow the adventures of the children in Miss Cathy’s class at Ready, Set Pre-K in See-and-Learn City. Each story focuses on a different social, emotional, health & safety and cognitive skill important for success in school and in life. For Pre-K / Kindergarten.
It’s Spring! Which means it’s time to garden. Or maybe it’s time to fly a kite. Camille is excited to start a special project at school. But which one? See how Camille learns to dig in and make good choices!
Managing anxiety about decision-making, understanding one’s choices, and being able to make decisions are all part of interacting successfully with others. It’s also important for children to be willing to make changes if their first choices aren’t available.
Confident decisions make for good choices!