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Daisies: Green Petal

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This was the last Petal we earned this year, and I didn’t do it the way I would have liked to. Ultimately, that is my fault  for procrastinating to the degree that I did. I would prefer to focus more on conservation of natural resources (and possibly local foods) versus recycling. While recycling is good, it’s done to death by schools and various television shows. Recycling will do squat if we’ve manage to squander the resources we have. In short Using Resources Wisely = Don’t Poop In Your House.

What We Did:
*Read Dinosaurs and All That Rubbish
*Played a recycle relay
*Planted strawberries (taken from the garden of one of the moms) in 32oz tin cans (that I had saved over several weeks)
*A  woman from our trash/recycling collection  company came to a meeting to talk to the girls about what happens after they pick up the recycling
*And in general, when we  do have snacks, we use regular plastic plates  and cups that I’ve been hauling to and from meetings (picked up in the dollar bins at Target)

Other Ideas:
*Take a guided visit to a nature center/nature preserve/wildlife preserve to learn about conservation/protecting resources
*Visit (or have someone come to a meeting) from a hunting/conservation club
*Make bird feeders from empty soda bottles
*Decorate plates from MakIt.com to use as your snack plates (if you do snacks)
*In that vein, have the girls bring in a plate and a cup to use at snack-time
*And you could also buy some blank cloth napkins for the girls to dye using natural dyes made from berries, etc… (If you want to get fancy)
*Learn about an endangered plant/animal in your area and create a poster to educate others about it
*What are your local area’s natural resources? Why are they important?
*Visit a recycling center
*Plan flowers/herbs/etc… into a tin can, jazz it up with some re-purposed wrapping/craft/scrapbooking paper for Mother’s Day gifts or to give to a nursing home/senior center/soup kitchen/etc…
*Have families save up interesting looking recyclables, dump the saved items onto a table and let the girls “invent”
*Have a recycle drive (if you live in a deposit state, use the $$ to buy/plant a tree)
*Participate in a community clean up event
*Visit a farmers market or a farm that runs a CSA (community supported agriculture) – How is eating/buying local foods using resources wisely?
*Plant a community vegetable garden
*Plant a container vegetable garden
*Using empty glass baby food jars and tissue/wrapping paper, Modge-Podge pieces to the outside, tie a ribbon around the rim, put in a tealight

Journey Tie-In:
Welcome to the Flower Garden
Between Earth & Sky

Books:
Dinosaurs and All That Rubbish
The Wartville Wizard
The Wump World
The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rainforest
The Lorax
Just a Dream
Window
The Adventures of an Aluminum Can: A Story About Recycling
The Adventures of a Plastic Bottle: A Story About Recycling
Farewell to Shady Glade

Daisies 4/25/13 – Started The Green Petal

Tonight we started our final Petal of both the school year, and for my Bridging first graders, their final petal of Daisies – Use Resources Wisely/Green Petal.

Most of the information I could find for Petal ideas focused on recycling, which while important, is not necessarily what I wanted to do. Recycling is all well and good, but if you squander the resources the stuff comes from, well then…now what? I wanted to put more emphasis on conservation, but even that was hard to do.  There wasn’t a lot of information that I could manipulate into doing what I wanted it to do.  So we ended up reading a book, playing a game, and doing a craft. Not really what I had wanted, but it worked. Maybe next time around I’ll do a better job on the conservation part of this.

Basic Meeting Outline:
Opening Circle
What are resources and how do we use them wisely?
Touch on recycling
Read Dinosaurs and All That Rubbish by Michael Foreman
Played a recycling relay
Painted tin cans for strawberry planters
Snack-time
Planted strawberries
No Closing Circle since we went over meeting time

Once we completed our OC, I introduced the Petal. I asked the girls what resources are (and they actually got it!), and why they are important. We talked about some of the resources we have here: farms (local food) and lakes/rivers (electricity, fishing, and cargo transport) and why we need to keep them safe.

I also touched on recycling and why it’s important, but also tied it back to the fact that if we don’t carefully manage the resources we took them from, then we’re out of luck. While I know it’s slightly uncouth, I love my husband’s analogy: don’t poop in your house. Why should we take care of our resources? That’s why. Saving the planet is too huge and nebulous even for most adults let alone seven year old girls.

I brought two picture books with me, Dinosaurs and All That Rubbish and Just a Dream. I didn’t know which one would be better, so I asked one of the moms to take a quick look-loo and give her opinion. She said Dinosaurs, so that’s what I went with. The girls enjoyed it; colorful, uncluttered pictures get the point across nicely.

With the book finished, we headed over to the playroom next to our main meeting room do to a recycling relay. The girls were divided into two teams. Each team had to grab a recyclable item and put it in the box then tag her teammate. Each team did two rounds.

Then we went to our craft room to start on our strawberry planters. I came across a blog with the neat idea to make a hanging strawberry planter out of tin cans. I saved enough of the empty 32oz tomato cans for the girls so we could do it too. Tin cans = recycle, strawberry runners from the garden of one of the moms = reuse/local, potting soil we had lying around = reuse.

The girls painted the cans, washed up, ate a snack, then planted the strawberries. One of the moms did a par-dry on the cans with the handblower in the bathroom, then I sprayed them with a sealant. Happy times!

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We’ll finish up this Petal at our next meeting (also the last of the school year). The first part of the meeting will be taken up by a representative from our trash/recycling collection company. She’s going to talk to the girls about what happens after the goods hit the curb.