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Kids Care for the Earth by Gare Thompson. Cyberlesson created by Tami Raspanti. Introduction. What effects do people have on the environment ?. Did you know we need clean air to breathe, and fresh water to drink and grow crops, in order to live?

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kids care for the earth by gare thompson

Kids Care for the Earthby Gare Thompson

Cyberlesson created by

Tami Raspanti



What effects do people have on the environment?

Did you know we need clean air to breathe, and fresh water to drink and grow crops, in order to live?

Did you ever think about what your life would be like if there was not enough clean water or air?

Today you will learn what you can do to help take care of the earth’s important natural resources so we all have enough air, water, and land for our future.



  • A copy of the text Kids Care for the Earth
  • A computer with internet access
  • A pencil
  • A Response Journal
  • Printed copy of the graphic organizer and anticipation guide
  • A brown paper grocery bag
  • Crayons or markers

Before Reading Activities

First, take a Scavenger Hunt to identify the important features of the nonfiction text Kids Care for the Earth.


Scavenger Hunt

Try to locate the following parts of the nonfiction text Kids Care for the Earth.

Then pick two features from the choices below and write down what purpose they serve in your journal.

  • Headings
  • Table of Contents
  • Pictures
  • Glossary
  • Captions
  • Index
Then test your knowledge.

Use the anticipation guide to find out how much you might already know about taking care of the earth and how people impact our world.

To find out more firstclick on the earth, then on the next screen click on the words Garbage and Recycling.


Anticipation Guide

Read each statement then put an x under agree if you think it is true, or disagree if you think it is false.




_____ Water is an important natural resource.

______ _____ It is not possible to conserve, or protect, our natural resources.

______ _____ Garbage that is stored in a landfill can not pollute water.

______ _____ One way that people could help stoppolluting is by driving less often.

______ _____ Recycling glass does not have an effect on the environment.


During Reading

Now let’s begin reading…..

Listen and follow along as I read pages 5 and 6 aloud to find out about the earth’s natural resources. Be prepared to write down the name of one natural resource in your journal when I have finished reading.

Then predict how you think people use this natural resource and write that down in your journal.


During Reading

Ways people use resources

Listen and follow along as I read pages 7 through 12 to see if the author talked about your prediction on how water, land, or air is used. When we are done reading, be prepared to add other ways that people use water, land, and air.




Then together we will complete the chart that shows the different ways that air, land, and water are used today.


During Reading (pages 13-18)

While we’re reading, think about the causes of pollution, and be prepared to fill in the blank on the cause and effect statement below.

Then you will write it in your journal and explain what can be done to stop this from happening.

________ causes the ______ to become polluted.


During Reading Activities

While we read pages 19 through 22 think about the things that can be done to protect the earth’s resources. When we’re done, you will need to support the following statement in your response journal using evidence from the text.

There are many ways that we can protect the earth’s resources.

Hint: Use the TES format.

Tell the answer.

Explain with examples.

Say it again.

after reading activities
After Reading Activities

Now that we have read about the earth’s resources, go backto the anticipation guide that you completed before reading.

Reread each statement anddecideif you need to change your answers. Then in your small groupscompareyour answers andshareyour thoughts about why you agree or disagree.

Then, talk with your group about the effects that people have on the environment. Think about good ways and not so good ways; and be ready to share your ideas with the class. Be sure to use examples from the text and websites to support your responses.

beyond reading
Beyond Reading

Now it’s your turn to make a difference…

Think of one thing that you can do to help conserve a natural resource, or to help the environment, so that in the future we will all have enough clean air, water and land. Then your job will be to use a recycled paper grocery bag and make a poster that shows what kids like you can do to make a difference. (Be sure to use words and pictures).

To find out more about conservation visit the websites below:

If you need help with your poster, click on the recycling bin.





Thompson, Gare, Kids Care for the Earth, National Geographic, Washington D.C., 2002.