Describe (in detail) what you presented on EARTH Day. Be sure to describe your "hook," your activity, and your "wrap up" in enough detail that next year's groups will be able to use it and improve upon it.
For EARTH Day my group and I did eating and growing local.
Knowing our audience was a younger group (4th, 5th, and 6th grades) we decided to show them how to plant.
Hook- we started off by asking them if they themselves had planted vegetables or fruits in their own backyard.
Then we asked them to list to us the benefits of growing vegetables in their own backyard. We talked about energy consumption, pesticides, herbicides, and other chemicals sprayed on the vegetables they bought from the store. We informed them of the health benefits in growing their own vegetables.
Around our easy-up we had pictures of different vegetables taped around. We asked them to label each picture.
The night before we had bought eggplants, tomatos, and bell peppers to plant in the crop allotted to us. For each group we planted 1-2 of these plants with the kids. Before actually placing the plant in the ground, upon removing the plastic paper wrapped around the peapot, we explained to them what recycling was and how the plastic we had removed was recycable. Then we explained to them what compostable was and why the peapot could be placed directly into the soil without having to remove the plant from it.
Each kid then helped by putting the plant in the hole, which we had dug up before starting the presentation. Also, some kids helped by placing soil (which we had also purchased) around the plant. Then the rest of the kids helped pat the soil
These activities enabled a full participation amongst the entire group both metally and physically.
Upon our conclusion we handed out compostable peapots with soil and squash, lettuce, or carrot seeds in them so that the kids could go home and start a vegetable patch.
Not only did we inform the kids of the benefits behind planting vegetables at home and the detriments of buying from the grocery store, but we also allowed them to see the simplicity behind starting a vegetable patch at home. And in order to give them a push to start we gave them seeds in a compostable peapot to plant.
Please describe in detail suggestions you have for improving your presentation if it were to be done in the future.
In order to improve our presentation, if we could do it in the future, we would have planted more plants with the students. Maybe allow three kids per plant. Also we would dig deeper and better holes before starting so as not to waste time when the kids arrived.