Let's Get Ready for Earth Day (Welcome Books: Celebrations)
What I Learned Section 1 -- Answer
the Following Questions:
1. When does the United States celebrate Earth
a) Third Monday in January
b) April 22
c) Last Monday in May
d) July 4
b) April 22. In 1970, twenty million Americans celebrated the
first Earth Day. Did you know
most of them were students? In 1990, Earth Day was again celebrated.
Today, Earth Day is not a federal holiday. However, every year
people of all ages celebrate the planet Earth on Earth Day.
2. Why does the United
States celebrate Earth Day?
To celebrate and care for the Earth.
In order to understand why we celebrate
Earth Day, we need to learn about Arbor Day. In 1854, J. Sterling
Morton moved to Nebraska. He planted trees and wrote about the
need for people to plant trees. In January, 1872, Morton proposed
Nebraska designate April 10 as a day to plant trees. On April
10, 1872, Nebraska celebrated the first Arbor Day and planted
about one million trees. In 1882, the date of Arbor Day was changed
to April 22 -- Morton's birthday. Today, Arbor Day is celebrated
on or around April 22.
In 1970, Arbor Day activities were expanded
to include the importance of protecting the environment and the
earth's natural preserves. The day was April 22, and it was called
3. How do you celebrate
Answers may vary. Some people draw posters telling people to recycle,
and they hang them in the hallways of their schools. Some people
plant a tree.
What I Learned Section 2 -- Define the
Celebrate: To do something enjoyable on a special occasion
Earth Day: A holiday on April 22
during which the Earth is celebrated
Hallway: A way through a building
allowing you to pass from one room to another
Planting: Putting something in
the ground so it will grow
Posters: Large, printed signs often
having a picture
Recycle: To collect something and
send it to a special place so it can be used again
Bonus Questions (Answer 1 of the
Following Questions for Your FREE
five of the words in Section 2 in a sentence.
Answers may vary. Here are sample sentences from our young readers:
brother will celebrate his
third birthday this month.
Earth Day is my favorite holiday.
My bedroom is at the end of the hallway.
I like planting flowers with
I like to make posters with
My family recycles newspapers.
b. Have a parent or friend give you
a spelling test with EACH of the words in Section 2.
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