Classroom Ideas 

The Earth Around Us


Identify landforms and bodies of water around your community or your state.



Prompt students to write about how people can conserve natural resources.


Local Waste Management

If possible, go visit your local metro waste authority to learn how they are helping preserve your town’s natural resources (if you can’t go to them, see if a representative can come to your classroom) or have students research their local waste management facility.


Cloze Practice

A cloze piece has full sentences used in the virtual field trip with blanks where students can write in the information that is missing. This task requires close listening to the trip in order to complete it.

Coral reefs are the _______ type of ecosystem in the world. They’ve been around for over _____ million years.

Answers:  oldest; 240

Alternatively, you could have students create 5-10 cloze statements and they could share those with the class.

A third alternative is to distribute the cloze worksheets before watching the video. Students can fill them in as they watch.


Art and Geography

Draw a picture of a community.

Draw a picture of the transportation you use to get to school.

Draw a picture of the transportation your parents use to get to work.

Draw a picture of the land you live in, (mountains, lake, etc).

Draw a picture of the items you recycle at home.

Draw a picture of the natural resources in your home town. (The ones you live by).


Visual Learning

Offer videos to struggling learners as another form of accessing information and creating knowledge. 


Explore Vocabulary

Identify key vocabulary terms while previewing each video. Prompt students to find the meaning of each word as they watch the video. Example: What do the words ecosystem and nonrenewable mean? Think about the meaning of this word as you watch the video.


Create Quizzes

Students create a quiz based on the information presented for their peers. This can be used as a review for a test, or jigsaw class activity where students are responsible for teaching other students assigned topics.



Have students draw a map of their neighborhood and town with their home, school, library, police station, fire station, city hall, and other special places.


Writing Topics

Describe the community you live in. Does it have plains, hills, lakes, etc.

Write where you live, suburb, etc

What is the weather like where you live? Describe the weather.

What do the four seasons look like where you live?

What is your favorite type of weather and why?

What national resources are in or near where you live?

Why is it important to reduce, reuse and recycle?

How do you reduce, reuse and recycle at your home?

How do you reduce, reuse and recycle at school?


After talking about reducing, reusing, and recycling, bring in items from home (milk containers, plastic containers, newspapers, pop lids, etc. and tell students they have the class period to create something with those items provided (you can also allow them to use scissors, glue, markers, whatever you feel is appropriate for this task) and then the following day have them share with the class what they have created.


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