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.
My presentation on earth day was on the importance of compost. We began our presentation with a hook of asking our audience if they knew where their trash went. Once they gave us their answers, we presented a poster behind us describing what a landfill was and its impact on the environment. The poster consisted of several pictures and information about a landfill. The kids were able to understand how and why a landfill was bad for the earth. After this, we explained that the solution to landfills was compost. Once the kids had an idea of compost, we took them over to look at all 3 stages of compost. The kids were able to get a hands on learning experience and feel each stage of compost in each bin. After this, we tested them to see how much they knew about each stage. The kids were each handed a card which read a clue about one of the stages of compost. According to which stage they thought was the answer, they walked over and stood by that bin. This what kind of a four corners game except with 3 bins to choose from. Each of us went around and explained why he or she had that specific clue and why it belonged to that certain stage of compost. The kids were able to understand what it took to make compost and the process of it after a period of time. In the end, we just asked a few questions about the main ideas of our presentations to see what how much they had learned. Those that answered the questions right got a candy. Finally, in the end we gave out small cups of compost to go for everyone. That way, they could take it and use it in the next booth when they had to plant.
Please describe in detail suggestions you have for improving your presentation if it were to be done in the future.
In the future, I would suggest that we could make our presentation a little bit longer because we did have extra time in the end. Another thing I would imporve would be giving the kids something more useful in the end. The kids did not all take the compost to go seriously and just wasted it or did not fully understand its purpose.