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.
To begin, we had the kids stand in front of coffee filters, each with about 15 gold fish crackers in them. The kids then had to take straws and try to suck the goldfish from the filter and on to the piece of paper we had given this. They had 45 sec. to do so. We then gave those who had some remaining Gold Fish a few more and had them perform the same task, this time with 15 sec. on the clock. Following the rounds conclusion, we asked them if they would have more fish if we continued this all day and proceeded to tell them about the actions of over fishing and how the aquifers are being depleted of fish. We then had them put the goldfish back in their filter and flip over the piece of paper they had, revealing it to have a footprint on the under side. We gave each them a crayon and asked them top color in a toe for each of the things they practiced that we listed off. We asked how many of them bike or walk to school, if the turn off the water while brushing their teeth, turn off lights when they leave the room, use reusable bags when they shop, and if they recycle. We then explained that those wityh the most toes colored in were living the most sustainably and concluded the presentation.
Please describe in detail suggestions you have for improving your presentation if it were to be done in the future.
When learned that kids enjoy being rewarded for their actioins more than they like to hear what they are doing wrong, so we would have immediately began with the footprint.