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Week 2: Environmental Theme Activities

This week, we're focusing our READ AT HOME activities on the environment. Each day, we'll be sharing with you a warmup to get you energised and ready for the day, a story to read aloud, a book review related to the topic for the day, and an activity. On Friday, we'll be sharing something extra special with you - a book on Audible to listen to and inspire you to become custodians of your environment!

DAY 1 - THE KING AND OTHER AFRICAN ANIMALS

Day one of our environmental theme, focuses on the King of the African animals – the lion! Download the PDF below for the printable, easy to read version of Day 1's activities.

DAY 2 - NATURE IN OUR LIVES

Today, we're looking at nature in our lives - how we depend on it, how we can learn from it, and how we love and appreciate it. Download Day 2's activities below.

DAY 3 - THE OCEANS

Today, we’re focusing on oceans. Did you know that oceans hold about 96.5% of all of Earth’s water? Bursting with wildlife and teeming with mysteries to be solved, we’ve still only explored a tiny fraction of our oceans.

Download the warm up, read aloud, book review and activity below!

DAY 4 - THE STARS

In today’s activities, we’re taking to the stars! Activities, the book review and the read aloud story are all exploring space in one way or another. We'd like to thank Book Dash (www.bookdash.org) for the stunning read aloud book today - I don't want to go to sleep!

DAY 5 - SPREADING LOVE AND RESPECTING OUR ENVIRONMENT

Our final lesson plan for the environmental theme for the week explores what makes our environment special. From a myriad of different animals, to plants which bring joy, to appreciating where our food comes from, the environment gives us many reasons to fall in love! And we should respect it for that, every day.

Download day five's materials below. The Read Aloud passage is included in the PDF document today.

ENVIRONMENTAL THEME - BONUS!

Audible is allowing free streaming of their audio books during this time. We couldn't be more excited to share our bonus material with you today! Listen to 'Fantastically Great Women Who Saved the Planet' for free on Audible - you won't regret it! https://www.audible.com/pd/Fantastically-Great-Women-Who-Saved-the-Plane...

Here's the publisher's summary to entice you: From best-selling author and illustrator Kate Pankhurst, descendant of Emmeline Pankhurst, comes another 'smart, informative, inclusive and accessible' book about trail-blazing women. This time, it's women who have helped protect our natural world from way before it was on a political agenda. Discover their untold stories.

Tackle the plastic problem with Isatou Ceesay by recycling waste into beautiful objects. Marvel at the intelligence of chimpanzees with Jane Goodall. Learn why it's important to shop fair trade and cruelty-free with Anita Roddick and The Body Shop. Resist devastating deforestation and plant seeds of change with Wangari Maathai.

We're in an age when young people like Greta Thunberg are calling for those in power to 'wake up' and take action. Written with hope and encouragement, this audiobook shows that all actions, big and small, can be powerful in the fight against climate breakdown.