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Classroom Activities and Printable Activity Sheets

Plan and Plant a Garden

Plan a school or class garden and then plant it in the spring. You can begin with container plantings indoors if the weather is cold. While planning, discuss which kinds of pests you may encounter in your garden throughout the year and what, if anything, you might do about them. Consider the role each plays in the greater ecosystem as you discuss options and make choices.

Journey of the Blob, by Bill Maylone

This ten-minute video is useful for prompting discussion about the water cycle and how our actions affect the health of our environment. With a strong visual message but no dialog, it follows the creation and disposal of a blob of goo and its eventual return to its young maker through the water cycle. (Available from the National Film Board of Canada and online )

Paddle to the Sea, by Holling C. Holling

Read Paddle to the Sea and follow Paddle's journey to the Atlantic Ocean through the Great Lakes. Ask your students to consider where Paddle would travel if he were placed in a stream near their home or school. Paddle's story is also available from the National Film Board of Canada as a 28-minute film by Bill Mason (available on DVD at many local libraries, online and on YouTube). See the Paddle to the Sea curriculum (PDF) 3.23 MB , developed by the Ohio Sea Grant.