Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Earth Hour: A Poem

Man, am I on a roll today or what! This is post #2 today and I have a third one in the works! Although, so far the recipes have been scarce... I am working on that as well!
I just have so much to say and I want to get it all out there.
This post, however, should have been done like 2 weeks ago so I'm not really on a roll here...more like a slow glide. 

A couple weeks ago I taught a lesson on Earth Hour. 
It went so well. The students got really into it. 
The lesson started out with the question "What is Earth Hour?" "What does that mean to you?" "Have you ever even heard of it?" The students gave guesses and ideas but none had actually heard of it. Awesome! Blank slate. Next we watched an official video from World Wildlife Federation, the organizers of Earth Hour. I narrated most of the video for them, explaining the images that came without narrative. 

After the video I asked them to tell me what they learned. I'm such a teacher. Can you say "KWL!" Anyways, the students talked about what they heard in the video and what they picked up. Most were able to gather that Earth Hour was on March 26th and that it had to do with shutting off your lights. They also picked up on the number of countries that participated. Not exactly how many, just that there were "a ton."

After this brief discussion I read them I poem I found online about Earth Hour. This is the poem.

The poem was very inspiring. They sat for a second and reflected again on what they had heard and learned. The poem really got creative juices flowing.

I, of course, challenged them to do one better! They were to split into 2 groups and each group was to write a poem representing Earth Hour. One group jumped right in, while the other created a word bank. Both were fantastic.

 I am SO proud to share those poems with you now.

Poem One: Acrostic Earth Hour

E - Everyone participates
A - All the lights are off
R - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
T - Time for Change
H - Help the Earth conserve energy

H - Have respect for the earth
O - One hour a year from 8:30 - 9:30 March on 26th
U - Unplug and save energy
R - Raise awareness for conservation of the earth

Poem Two: Be a Recruiter

Saturday, 26th of March
8:30 - 9:30
From the St. Louis Arch
To the island of Cape Verde

Everyone should turn of the power
For this one night
And slow for an hour
Without any light

Unplug the computer
Take a shorter shower
Be a recruiter
For Earth Hour

Aren't these kids fantastic!? 
I only gave them one requirement, include the time and the date of Earth Hour. The rest they did on their own. One of the students, who is a self proclaimed poet, worked on the second poem, and suggested we try to make in an A,B,A,B rhyme scheme. I love it! Both groups did such a fantastic job, I am so proud of them. 


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