Easy Earth Day Connections for Grades 3-5
Earth Day inspires awareness of and appreciation for earth’s environment, but why should the science classroom be the only place students learn about our planet? Bring cross-curricular connections into the music room, and teach students about our social responsibility to take care of the world we live in with music! “Save the Planet” and Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” both emphasize social responsibility and provide opportunities for cross-curricular connections.
How to access “What a Wonderful World” and “Save the Planet:”
- Log in to QuaverMusic.com
- Click the Teacher Tab to navigate to the Teaching Resources
- Click the ClassPlay icon, located on the Teacher Dashboard
- Use the ClassPlay search bar to find “What a Wonderful World” or “Save the Planet”
Earth Day Music Activities:
“Save the Planet”
“Save the Planet” teaches students different ways to take care of the planet. From recycling and reusing to new energy sources, this song opens a cross-curricular discussion for students to share what they learned in science class.
Orff instruments can also be implemented easily into this lesson. With our Full Score Activity, located in the Song Hub, you can customize based on your teaching needs. You can adjust highlight settings, show or hide parts, and solo parts to make breaking down the song easier.
“What a Wonderful World”
Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” is a great song that reminds us to appreciate the beauty around us. Before singing the song, have your students discuss, as a class or with a partner, the changes they can make in their daily routines to keep our world beautiful. For example, they could properly dispose of their lunches, use reusable water bottles instead of plastic, or carpool with a friend to school.
Earth Day is April 22, 2017. How will you celebrate?