Martin Luther King’s hopes and dreams extended to the environment. As U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder stated:
“Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in addition to his many other achievements, helped ‘plant the seeds’ for what would become our nation’s now-thriving ‘environmental justice movement.'”
It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one destiny, affects all indirectly.
— Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
LESSON PLAN: A-Z Outside
You can help your students feel a connection with all of life by getting them outside. It’s easy when you use the National Wildlife Federation’s 26 activities that will get kids outside. Most of these activities can be done at both school or home. There’s one idea for each letter of the alphabet; for example, “A” is for “Animal Homes.” Below is the activity that’s just perfect for our cold outside temperatures.
“F” is for “Frozen Frosty Ornaments.”
Some of the treasures inside will make tasty treats for the birds in your neighborhood. Use this activity as a follow up to Baby It’s Cold Outside about animal adaptation.
Suggested Grade Level: K-3
- small baking molds or muffin pans
- Evergreen leaves, seedpods, acorns, berries, or any other objects from nature
3. Add Ribbon for the hangers by placing the ends of a strip of ribbon in the water in each mold.
5. After the water has frozen, remove the ornaments from the molds. (If they won’t come out easily, run some warm water over the bottom to loosen.)
*This activity originally appeared in the December/January 2012 issue of Ranger Rick magazine.
Next Generation Science Standards (DCI K-3)
LS1: From Molecules to Organisms: (A) Structures and Processes; (B) Growth and Development of Organisms
ESS3: Earth and Human Activity: Natural Resources