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Classroom Activities and Printable Activity Sheets

Spring 2011 The Greenest New Yorker

Supplemental Activities for the Classroom

Greenest Student/Class
Ask your students what criteria they would use to decide who the greenest person in their class is, or the greenest class in the school. Use their suggestions to hold your own contest and accept nominations for the greenest student and class. You can even have an awards ceremony with a trophy and decorations made from recycled materials. Does the class know an adult they would like to nominate for I LOVE NY's Greenest NYer contest? Nominating someone is easy; just write and submit a 250 word essay about why you think they're the Greenest NYer. Follow the Green Kids web page link from I LOVE NY for complete rules and information. After Earth Day, check back to see who has been named the Greenest NYer for 2011.

New York Recycles Poster Contest
All students in New York State public and private schools and youth organizations are eligible to participate in this poster contest. Each participating school or youth group may submit up to 15 posters. Winning submissions will be included in the New York Recycles 2012 Calendar, available in November. Submissions must be received by May 20, 2011. Visit the NY Recycles Poster Contest web page for complete information.

Green Schools Challenge
Is your school participating in DEC's Green Schools Challenge? If not, plan ahead for next school year. Schools sign up during the fall and work throughout the school year to reduce their waste and increase their recycling and composting. On Earth Day of each year, April 22, schools achieving the greatest success are recognized and rewarded for their efforts. Visit the Green Schools Challenge web page for complete information and an application form.

This Issue's "Outside Page"

A fun way to spend time outdoors is planting and tending for trees. Many communities have tree planting programs which schools can take part in. DEC's tree nursery provides seedling trees for school plantings at no cost. Complete information about the Saratoga Tree Nursery's School Seedling Program is at their web page, including order forms. If planting new trees is not an option for you, consider taking care of or monitoring trees in your area. An "Adopt-a-Tree" copycat page is available on the Conservationist for Kids web pages, with spaces to record information about your chosen tree. Choose a class tree, or have each student choose a tree of their own to observe.

Activity Sheets

Adopt a Tree (pdf 110 KB)
Teacher Supplement (pdf 37 KB)