Saturday, March 29, 2008
Earth Hour 2008
We started a new family tradition today. My daughters and I decided to spend Earth Hour sharing stories by candlelight. I wish we could do it every week. But, committing to once a year works for me. We were excited to spend time together participating in something that was bigger than us. It made us feel that we were part of the world community. My youngest daughter read from her little pony book. My middle daughter told us about reading Matilda books and how fun they were. My oldest daughter was interested in knowing about my childhood stories. I shared about growing up with my cousins. I talked about growing up in a huge house and sharing my summers of lemonade and snow cones. I then read Flat Stanley. I was familiar with the story but never had actually read it. My daughters had all read it and were excited to have me read it outloud to them. Well before we knew it the 60 minutes were over! We took some pictures and uploaded them to the Earth Hour Flickr Pool.
This past week my students and I also produced a video project for Earth Day 2008. We are participating in a competition for our district technology conference. It was exciting to get some technology into my classroom. I especially liked how my students were able to express their creativity in the script they wrote for the presentation. I even found a pretty cool youtube video on The 3R's (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) by Jack Johnson.