Operation EarthWatch MARCH 2019: Celebrate Nature!
K-3rd grades: Choose at least 3 activities. 4th-5th grades: Choose at least 4 activities.
Due Date: April 5. ALL SHEETS MUST BE TURNED IN BY APRIL 10 TO EARN A T-SHIRT.

Download a paper copy at https://sites.google.com/site/operationearthwatch/activity-sheets. Email: earthwatchcontact@gmail.com.

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Community Clean Up
Litter can be dangerous to animals. Help animals be safer by attending the upcoming Community Clean Up Event on Saturday April 13, at 10am.Tools, gloves, plants, water and snacks provided. Register by having an adult contact recycling@fallschurchva.gov or call 703-248-5456 (TTY 711).. Wear closed toed shoes and dress to get dirty. Bring shovels if you have them. Encourage others to volunteer with you. 1) How many people have agreed to help with you? _________ 2) On a separate piece of reused paper, draw an animal and tell us why we should protect its habitat. (Student suggested activity). (Email picture of your work to earthwatchcontact@gmail.com).
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Character Building: Balanced
Mary Riley Styles Public Library has many great books that contain stories involving nature. Visit the library and have fun reading story books about animals or plants, or set in nature. 1) Out of these books, which was your favorite? 2) How did the story involve nature? 3) Close your eyes and imagine yourself in the story. Now look in the non-fiction section of the library to find out more about this aspect of nature. 4) In the space below or on a separate piece of reused paper tell us what you discovered using words or pictures. (Email picture of your work to earthwatchcontact@gmail.com).
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Join Others Who Care for the Environment
Join two global events focused on the environment. A) Earth Hour: Turn off all the lights in your home for one hour on March 30 (from 8:30 – 9:30pm) (you can do an hour earlier if this is too late for your family.) Tell friends and family about Earth Hour. 1) How many people did you tell? B) Earth Day: Prepare for Earth Day (April 22). Earth Day this year is encouraging us to protect plants and animals that are threatened with extinction (extinction is when a plant or animal doesn’t exist any more eg: the dodo is a bird that is extinct because there are no dodo’s alive anymore). There is a lot we can do at home to protect plants and animals from extinction. Some ideas are: eat more organic food, preferably from plants, use a car less, use less plastic, pesticides and insecticides. 2) Talk to your parents. Tell us what your family will do to prevent extinctions.
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Watery Wonders
In October you chose a section of a creek near you to observe each month from October to March. 1) What did it look like in March? You have been observing your creek for six months. 2) How do you feel about the creek? 3) Will you continue to visit it? (Email picture of your work to earthwatchcontact@gmail.com).
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Moths!
Do you use lights outside your home? Think about what you use these lights for. Are they on all the time or just some of the time? Moths find lights very distracting at night and will spend time flying around lights when they should be looking for food. This makes it harder for moths to survive. 1) Talk to your parents about moths and how your family uses light outside. 2) In the space below or on a separate piece of reused paper tell us about how your family can use less light outside. (Email picture of your work to earthwatchcontact@gmail.com).
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Thinking about Operation EarthWatch
Do you have an Earth friendly activity idea that Operation EarthWatch has not used before? Tell us about it. We may use it in the future.
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Plan to enjoy nature over the summer!
Talk to your parents about your families plans for summer. Will you be going somewhere? Will you be staying here? Talk to them about ways that you could enjoy nature over the summer (eg: can you visit a park, beach or zoo? Will you listen to the birds in your yard or gaze at the stars?). 1) In the space below or on a separate piece of reused paper tell us how you plan to enjoy nature over the summer. (Email picture of your work to earthwatchcontact@gmail.com).
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Make a Parade Poster and Celebrate!
When we march in the Memorial Day Parade (May 27), it is fun to carry a poster to let people know what you have done to help the Earth this year. 1) Make a poster for the parade. What did you draw? (Email picture of your work to earthwatchcontact@gmail.com).
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Choose Your Own
Choose your own activity related to the theme of Nature Care (some activity ideas can be found at www.operationearthwatch.org). Complete the activity and describe it here:
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