When we were studying outer space last week, we discussed how remarkably unique Earth is from all the other planets in our solar system. As an extension activity, my son colored a picture of the Earth and then we cut it open into fourths so that there were flaps to lift once he glued it to the paper. Under each flap, I had him draw and write about something that makes the Earth special. His answers were: trees, people, animals, and water.
This simple writing activity could easily be adapted to all the other planets as well. You could have your students draw and/or color the other planets, cut them open to create flaps, and then write about the planets underneath. They could be put together into a great book or interactive notebook about the solar system.
With Earth Day coming up on April 22, students could use this same concept to display facts about Earth Day, ways to protect the Earth, or any other similar information.
I’ve created 3 different templates that could be used for these activities: “Our Amazing Earth”, “Protecting Planet Earth”, and a blank template where your students can add any title. You can download them for FREE by right clicking HERE and saving the file to your computer by choosing “Save Link As”. This file is best viewed, saved, and printed in the latest version of Adobe Reader. If you want to use this template in a composition notebook as part of an interactive notebook, you can simply reduce the size on your copying machine to make it smaller.
Thank you very much! Will use it in my Kindergarten class!”
Thank you very much! Just what I was looking for!
How cute! My guys are going to love this 🙂
Thanks, Mandy! I hope they do enjoy it!
This is great! I saw it on Pinterest and have enjoyed looking at all the wonderful things you have here. I will use this in Social Studies on Wednesday with my first graders. Thanks so much.
Thanks, Mary! I’m glad you stopped by and have looked at some of the other things I’ve posted. I hope your students enjoy making it this week!
What a cute idea! I plan on using it with my 4th graders, as we’ve been talking about ways we can protect the Earth. Love that it’s so adaptable from grade level to grade level!
Thank you! I love hearing how others are using it!
Thank you for sharing this! I know my students will love it!
My students will love to do this project. Thanks!!!!
What a great activity for Earth Day! Thank you for sharing!
The kids will love this. It’s so cute! Thanks so much! It will definetly work for the kids. They were wanting something just like this! Thanks again!
thank you for sharing!
for grandkids no school right now
I’m so glad this is still available because it’s a great way to teach kids critical thinking about our Earth and ways to contribute to keeping it clean.
Thank you so much. This is amazing – my students are learning about natural disasters and we also discussed man made disasters and what we can do to help earth.
Me ha encantado, muchas gracias por compartir.
I love this! My class thinks this is very fun 🙂
Amazing flap! Just what I have been looking for.
Thank you for this free earth activity . Thank you for sharing . 🙂
Thank you so very muchxxx
Thank you very much! I will use this in my ESL class in Valencia, Spain.
Love this activity!!! Thank you for sharing this!! It’s exactly what I wanted to do and couldn’t think of myself.
Thank you. Hope to use it when I qualify as a teacher