Thank You, Earth: A Love Letter To Our Planet Lesson Activity

Cover of the book Thank You, Earth by April Pulley Sayre. This is a promotional image for a lesson activity based on this book.

Summary

Think of a time when your whole being fully appreciated nature. What did you see? What did you hear? In Thank You, Earth: A Love Letter To Our Planet, we see incredible images of our beautiful home. Gorgeous photos of plants, animals and landscapes support the story told in poetic form. The message of appreciating Earth will inspire readers. Resources and ideas to make a difference are included at the end of the book.

A page from Thank You, Earth is featured in this image to engage readers in the lesson activity. Snowcapped mountains in the background and red clay rocks in the foreground.

Lesson Activity

AASL Standards Framework for Learners: Explore/Think V.A.3 Engaging in inquiry-based processes for personal growth.

  • Read the story and simply appreciate the pictures and the poetic storyline.
  • Ask learners to share what gifts of nature they are thankful for.
  • Explain that they will write and publish a love letter to Earth for this lesson activity. They will use the Book Creator app (an AASL Best Website for Teaching and Learning) to craft their pages.
  • Model how to use the tools in Book Creator to write an electronic book. Learners can go outside and draw pictures or take photos of nature with the app. They can use the text feature to write about what they see or the audio feature to talk about their sightings. Compile their pages to make one book.
  • Share the book with one of the organizations mentioned at the end of the book.

Author April Pulley Sayre has quite a way with words. Readers will be inspired to read more of her books. Be sure to have a collection ready for check-out. Click here to watch Sayre read some of her books.

Pair this lesson with Earth Hour: A Lights-Out Event for Our Planet by Nanette Heffernan and Bao Luu.

Cover of Lessons Inspired by Picture Books for Primary Grades by Maureen Schlosser and Rebecca Granatini. Published by ALA Editions.

If you like these lesson ideas, please check out our book, Lessons Inspired by Picture Books for Primary Grades. This resource includes detailed lesson plans, essential questions, worksheets, rubrics and assessments.

5 Comments on “Thank You, Earth: A Love Letter To Our Planet Lesson Activity

  1. Thank You, Earth is one book I’ve been looking forward to reading — hope we’ll get a local copy very soon. Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. I’ve had this on my list for a while now. I’m thankful for your post today since I went to check if my library finally had a copy only to discover that they now have it on order. Hurrah!

  3. Great to see such detailed suggested activities for the book. Thanks for sharing! Have a great reading week.

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