Sunday, April 14, 2013

Earth Day At-home project

Hey everyone!  Hope your weekend has been great! :) 
We've been working on a little bit of home improvement...

This room used to be purple.  We are thinking of moving my son into this room.  He was not diggin' the purple :)  
Our house was a wide range of colors when we first bought it...

pink family room
mint green hallways
orange living room
bright blue bedroom
purple bedroom

It's been a joy painting over all those lovely colors :)

Oh and we are FINALLY getting rid of the PINK in the bathroom..

I'm almost embarrassed to show you this!  We are having the tiles sprayed this week.  I'll be sure to post after photos soon! :)

The second graders have been working on a few projects to celebrate Earth Day!  We've also coordinated this with our Science unit on Natural Resources so it was a nice tie in.  Our first project was an at-home assignment.  The children were to find an object (s) that are no longer being used and "save" them from the trash by reusing the object as something new.  It was TOTALLY amazing to see some of the things the children created!  I saw an orange juice container turned into a wallet (no joke!), a pair of jeans turned into a "snake" to stop the draft from the door, and even cereal boxes turned into drawers for storage!  Here are some pictures of a few other things:

Glass Jar- now a picture frame!          

These are M&M wrappers turned into a wallet!

This is a ketchup bottle turned into a bird feeder!

These are water bottles turned into a jump rope!  My personal favorite!  :)

Here is the paper that we sent home with the kids to explain the project:
Click to get a copy

Also, if you want to show your students some examples, you can use THIS.

What is your plan for Earth Day?

Future posts:
More on Earth Day
Double Digit Subtraction (new product!)
Mother's Day
Around the School #4 (April edition)
Stop on back!

Have a great week!!


  1. What a great home project for the students and families. I am going to get this going tomorrow with my Third grade Ecologists. I am seriously thinking of making one of those jump ropes with the water bottles and flowers for myself! Thanks for the post.

  2. We LOVE the ideas your kiddos came up with as ways to reuse items! Great idea and a truly great way to celebrate Earth Day!

    :) Tamra and Sarah
    First Grade Buddies