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EARTH DAY: Webquest!

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GAIL SKROBACK HENNESSEY


Learn about Earth Day and our planet Earth, with this informative web quest!

Earth Day is April 27th

1.The idea to have a "birthday" party for planet Earth and create an awareness of how we all need to protect our world began with this man:________________In 1962, who wrote a book about the dangers of pesticides?__________________The first Earth Day celebration was held on April 22, 1970. In 1971, the United Nations established Earth Day as an international holiday. What were THREE bills passed, in the 1970s, in the USA, to help our planet?_________________ ________________ _______________________What is done at the United Nations on Earth Day?_______________Find the answers at this link: History.com


2. Did you know that about 1/2 of the food in the USA goes to waste? Did you know the average American makes SEVEN pounds of garbage a day?___________About 97% of the Earth's water is salty. About 1% percent of the remaining water is used for farming, manufacturing and personal uses. What are the TWO forms of garbage?__________ and ___________ Name an example of each:_________ and __________ Find the answers at this link:mocomi.com



3. Every hour, 4 million plastic bottles are used in the United States!About how many trees are cut down to supply a year's worth of newspapers?_______________About what percent of all plastics are recycled in the United States? _____________How many years does it take for a styrofoam cup to decompose?______________Find the answers at this link:http://www.factmonster.com/science/environment/recycling-facts.html


4. In 1962,who wrote a book about the dangers of pesticides, creating an awareness that we needed to care about the environment?____________What was the name of her book?___________ In 1969, what caused Cleveland's Cuyahoga River to catch fire?___________ Which president, in 1971, passed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency?_______Find the answers at this link:http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/earth-day-timeline



The complete resource has 15 webquestions, A Did You Know? fun facts section,comprehension questions, a teacher page with extension activities, the key and additional links for the teacher.Click here:The Blue Planet

You may find these resources of interest to use with my Earth Day/ Blue Planet Webquest:

1. Exploring the Ocean Blue: A Web quest, will introduce students to our oceans. There are nine informative web questions. Fun Facts, comprehension questions,extension activities and links are also provided as is the key. Can be used as part of a unit on oceans, for Earth Day, World Ocean Day or as an activity for a Friday, before a vacation break or as an end of the year activity. This can be a one day class resource or used for a couple of days depending on whether the activities(creative writing/art work/online simulation games, etc.) are used with the students. There are 9 informative web questions. Fun Facts, comprehension questions,extension activities,links:Exploring the Ocean Blue! A Webquest

2. Learn about Jacques Cousteau with this Reader's Theater Script: Oceanographer, photographer,filmmaker, scientist, writer, inventor, Cousteau spent his life studying the oceans and the marine life that lived in the oceans. His books and films on his studies sparked much interest in our oceans and created an awareness about the need for marine conservation. Part of my Ms. Bie Ografee Talk Show Series where Jacques Cousteau is a guest on her talk show and answers questions of her studio audience. There are 10 audience questioners, a Did You Know? section, comprehension questions, a teacher section with extension activities, links and the key. Jacques Cousteau: A Reader's Theater Script

3. Learn about Rachel Carson with this Reader's Theater Script:A Biologist and marine zoologist, Carson's books shared her love of nature, especially the ocean and its inhabitants. Her book, Silent Spring, sparked concern in how chemical pesticides were harming our environment. Carson helped to start the environmental movement in our country, which led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This Reader's Theater Script could be used as a STEM biography any time of year or especially during the time of Earth Day.Rachel Carson, A Reader's Theater Script


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