At Home Activities for the Themed Literature Unit


Here is a list of activities you can do with your child at home to support them through this time of exploration!

1. Implement an activity at home with your family, to make a positive impact on the environment! Here are some ideas!
Purpose: Actively making a change in your life with the help of others can make it much more fun. With the support of your family/a family member, see what it feels like to make changes in your own life to make a positive impact on the world.


After your family has picked something you all want to implement in your home, do some research on what steps you need to take to start making changes in your home and daily routine. Try to do this for two weeks. Everyday, take turns writing a journal entry about how you feel like your life has changed, or if you feel like it hasn't changed at all. Here are some questions to guide your entries:
  1. Do you feel like your life has changed after making this change in your home/life?
  2. Do you feel like it is much easier or more difficult than you thought?
  3. Do you think you could do this long-term?
  4. How do you think the other members of your family feel about this new change?
  5. Do you feel like it is doable for most people?

On February xx, 2013 turn in your journal entries and a description of the steps you took to start this activity at your home.

Generalization Learning Target:
Students will understand that they can make small changes in their lives to improve the environment.

2. With a family member, find two pictures books at your local library about people who made a positive impact on the environment.
Purpose: To share with your family member the skills you learned about finding important information.

For each book, on a piece of paper with your family member, explain:
  • What it was about
  • What you liked about it
  • What did the character do to make a change?
  • How did the action make a positive impact?
  • Would you recommend the book to anyone else? Why or why not?

On February xx, 2013 turn in your descriptions and a copy of the book.

Generalization Learning Target:

Students will understand that the actions they take today will impact the world tomorrow.
Students will understand that they can make small changes in their lives to improve the environment.

3. Do an outdoor activity with your family or a family member. For example, you can go hiking, fishing, go to the farmer's market, go on a picnic, or walk at a local park. Spend all day doing one outdoor activity. With your family member(s) talk about what it would be like if you could no longer do that activity anymore. What if there were no more trees or forests to hike in? What if there were no more fish to fish? Or what if all the local parks were polluted and littered? What if farmer's couldn't grow anymore food in Washington because of all the pollution? Have a conversation about this, and write about a world where this would be true.
  • What would it look like?
  • Smell like?
  • How would people feel?
  • What activities would you no longer be able to do?

Write a short story about a world like. Start out by answer the questions above, but your thoughts and imagination should not stop there! Think about how it would affect you and your family.

Purpose: To have a meaningful discussion with your family about our community and environment. I want you to think and talk about how important it is to you and your family.

On February xx, 2013, turn in your short story with a picture of the outing you took with your family!

Generalization Learning Target:
Students will understand that the actions they take today will impact the world tomorrow.

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