Today, we’re going to do some careful listening and find explore what sounds we can find from things that we might have around the house. We can turn them into instruments. Afterwards, keep the things you like together so that you can reuse them.
If you haven’t seen the previous post and videos on making instruments at home, you can find it here.
Please join in with the activities below. The more who can join in, the more fun, too. Do the activities as many times as you like.
Activities (links below)
Bounce and catch
Watch the video
What things can you find that make a sound that you like?
Play them along along to the video or get up and move. If you like get a scarf to play with.
Earth Day will be celebrated by millions all around the world on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 – marking its landmark 50th anniversary.
The theme for Earth Day 2020 is climate action.
Earth Day activity ideas while self-isolating in 2020
Although this year limits how groups can participate in Earth Day 2020, there are several ways to celebrate at home or your backyard using the concepts of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”:
• Enlist the kids to help build a bird feeder for the backyard or patio — by using a plastic bottle and filling it with bird feed.
Be sure there is adult supervision when cutting a hole (near the bottom) to allow access to the feed. Place on a patio table outside, or tie a string around the neck of the bottle to hang from a tree.
No seed? Use bits of whole grain bread or cereals like Cheerios to fill your feeder. NOTE: You can also make a nature-made feed bowl out of half an orange peel. Fill it with seed and place on an outdoor table or windowsill.
In the garden, scope out a good location for a compost pile. Start recycling coffee grounds, egg shells, and scraps of food to decompose and to ultimately enrich your garden — instead of it ending up in a local landfill.
Around the house, begin a spring cleaning project by clearing out the cupboards for old clothes you will never wear again. Stack them in a box or garbage bag so they are ready to donate on the next available trip to a local charity organisation.
Perform a household energy audit. Focus on things like electronic devices that are left on 24/7 — which accounts for 5-10% of residential energy use per year! Turn them off when not in use and you can save an average £100 on your electric bill annually. While you’re at it, check lamps and light fixtures to replace old bulbs with longer-lasting, more energy-efficient ones. Not ready to take the plunge into solar energy just yet? Look for solar-powered porch or entryway lights you can easily install yourself.
Quotes for Earth Day
““Until a man duplicates a blade of grass, Nature
can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge.” — Thomas Alva Edison
“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” — Native American Proverb
“What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on? — Henry David Thoreau
“Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them.” — Bill Vaughan
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtfully committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead
“Until a man duplicates a blade of grass, Nature can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge. Remedies from chemicals will never stand in favouhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?rable comparison with the products of Nature, the living cell of a plant, the final result of the rays of the sun, the mother of all life.” — Thomas Alva Edison
More about Earth Day around the Web:
Planet Pals – Kid-friendly community with fun facts, activities, and resources for learning more about planet Earth, recycling & conservation, and lots of links to Earth Day information around the Web.
Earth Day – Wikipedia – A good overview on the history of American environmental concerns, the origins of the celebration plus links to more on international events.
Trees can help with soil erosion and contribute to dealing with carbon emissions, so make your mark—and give the next generation a greener future, too—by planting a few trees this Earth Day. The best part is, you can do this just about anywhere!
Plan your own Earth Day science experiment.
This Earth Day, try out a cool science experiment to show how different disasters can affect our planet. For example, pour oil into a tub of water to see how difficult it is to clean up and why it’s so important that we keep oil spills from ruining our planet’s oceans.
Build birdhouse or bird feeder.
Share your home with all of the Earth’s creatures by building a birdhouse or bird feeder out of recycled materials, such as an old cardboard box or milk jug, to help out your local avian population.
DIY a dry seed bomb.
Get your hands dirty with this fun and crafty activity that will help you get start on the planting season. To make, combine one part seeds, five parts compost, and 3 parts clay powder or clay soil (this helps it all stick together) in a bowl. Add a few drop of water at a time as you mix the whole thing together. Shape it into balls, then lay them out in the sun to dry. They’ll be ready to plant within a couple of days!
Build a terrarium.
Building a terrarium is a neat project to try any time of year, but especially on Earth Day! Not only is it a great way to bring a little bit of nature indoors, it makes for some cool bedroom decor, too.
Build a bug hotel.
Every animal on Earth has a special role to play in keeping our environment healthy—even the little critters! A bug hotel attracts beneficial insects that help control pests and gives them a place to nest during colder months, so they’ll stay close to your garden year-round. Make one by filling a small wood box with dried grasses, bark and pinecones.
Go on a nature scavenger hunt.
Learn about local flora and fauna this Earth Day by searching for flowers, plants and trees native to your region around your neighborhood. Look for a regionalist list of native plants online to help guide your search!
Start a compost bin in your backyard.
Start a composting bin for your home this Earth Day. This eco-friendly way of disposing of veggie scraps and other bio-degradable waste products not only cuts back on the amount of trash you produce and send to landfills, but it creates a nutrient-rich compost mixture that can give your garden a boost!
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Craft a nature collage.
Celebrate Earth Day this year by making an all-natural art collage with things you’ve founding in nature, like leaves, pressed flowers, pieces of bark and other small items. Collect items while you’re out for a hike or exploring your local nature trail.
Harburn have been very busy this term. We have started a new group with Aisling (music therapist). Aisling comes to our class on a Wednesday and has been bringing lots of different instruments for us to try. S particularly liked the steeldrum and was keen to try to play the notes that Aisling asked for (these were written onto the drum for him to find). C has also been really interested in the guitar and likes to strum it while Aisling is singing to other pupils, his concentration during this group has greatly increased and he is now happy to join in rather than choosing to sit at the toys in a different area of the class.
We have been out for a few litter picks this term – F was showing how high he can count by counting the different pieces of litter we found lying around. The boys had to work together for this as one person had to help hold the bag while the other used the grabbers to lift the litter. We then sorted it into what could be recycled when we got back to school.
Lots of hand washing has been taking place (more than usual) this term. The boys are all being very patient with us as they are taken so many times to the changing area to have their hands washed. We sing a little song so that we know we have washed for long enough before rinsing the soap off.
This term our topic has been “people who help us”. We have had a visit from the police and the fire fighters. Most of our class thoroughly enjoyed these visits however it was a little noisy for some and so they watched from a distance. The pupils had a turn with the fire engine’s hose and in the driver’s seat of the police car. We have been dressing up and being doctors, nurses, dentists, police and army soldiers. F particularly enjoyed being a doctor – he was full of smiles and posing in the mirror! We shared sensory stories about going to the dentist and then all took turns at cleaning our “pet dog’s” teeth.
Even though this term has been cut short we managed to fit lots in and we look forward to seeing photos on learner’s journals of what you’ve all been getting up to!
It is virtually impossible for the children of Beatlie School to walk to school! Therefore to highlight the campaign during Go Green Week, all classes will be taking a walk round the school grounds and carrying out a 2 minute litter pick. #2minutecleanup
Due to weather conditions some classes may be unable to do this until next week.
Walking Drastically Cuts Your Carbon Footprint – And Helps Your Waistline!
There are a number of reasons why you should consider cutting back on energy consumption.
How Does Saving Energy Help The Environment
Save energy, save the environment
Although it may not be obvious, there’s a direct connection between your energy use and the environment. When you consume less power, you reduce the amount of toxic fumes released by power plants, conserve the earth’s natural resources and protect ecosystems from destruction. By taking steps to reduce your energy intake, you’ll contribute to a healthier and happier world.
Protect the air and prevent climate change
Perhaps the most notable way that reducing energy helps the environment is by decreasing power plant emissions. To generate electricity, most power plants burn coal, crude oil or other fossil fuels. Although this method of creating energy is relatively inexpensive, our planet pays the price – carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides are just a few of the byproducts that come from traditional methods of power generation.
Carbon dioxide, which accounts for the majority of all airborne pollution, is a greenhouse gas. When carbon dioxide is released into the air, it absorbs the sun’s warmth and keeps heat in our atmosphere. This “greenhouse effect” is a natural phenomenon, and it’s necessary for survival on earth. However, as power plants burn more fuel to create more energy, the extra carbon waste traps too much heat. This can have a detrimental impact on our land and our lives. Effects of greenhouse gas emissions include:
Rising temperatures, heat waves and drought
Higher sea levels
Abnormal weather patterns
Increased intensity of natural disasters
Smog and acid rain
Cutting back on energy consumption reduces the amount of electricity that power plants have to make, subsequently reducing the amount of fossil fuels that are burned each day. Even a small change can make a tremendous difference – if every American household traded in just one incandescent light bulb for an efficient CFL, the reduction in pollution would be equivalent to taking 1.3 million cars off the road.
Conserve limited natural resources
When you opt to cut back on energy use, you also help conserve limited natural resources that would otherwise be used to power the power plants. Less demand for energy creates less demand for harvesting fossil fuels. Turning off the lights at night or washing clothes in cold water can save trees, coal, natural gas and more. From an economic standpoint, it’s critical to conserve our finite resources. As fossil fuels become increasingly scarce, they will become extremely expensive.
Save ecosystems and animals
In addition to impacting climate patterns and depleting stores of natural resources, excessive energy use can harm animals and ecosystems. Mining, logging and material extraction associated with the provision of fossil fuels destroys habitats on land and in the ocean. Human-induced air pollution is one of the main reasons that biodiversity is disappearing at 1,000 times the normal extinction rate.
Oil spills, which often occur during the transport of fossil fuels, wreak havoc on underwater species and throw of the chemical balance of our oceans, making it dangerous for humans to swim.
Although the EPA has set regulations to reduce chemical dumping, the toxic waste created by power plants hasn’t disappeared. Coal-fired power plants are reportedly the largest source of toxic water pollution in the U.S. Each year, these energy plants discharge billions of tons of poisonous waste, often containing arsenic, mercury and lead.
Consume less, conserve more
Reducing electricity use in your home – or going off the power grid with solar energy –can benefit the environment, conserve resources and save lives. Although your own energy saving adjustments may seem inconsequential, small steps become great leaps when multiplied by 7 billion.
The paper industry is the fifth largest consumer of energy in the world. This over-use of paper has a huge impact on a company’s carbon footprint – not just from the chopping down of trees to make the paper, but also on the fossil fuel power used for printing, and the chemicals involved, too. To produce just one ton of paper, it is estimated that 253 gallons of petrol is used. In turn, to make just one piece of A4 paper requires 10 litres of water.
Clearly, going paperless is a big tick for the environment. Here are five clear reasons why.
1. Save trees
Worldwide, use of paper has risen by 400% in the last 40 years. This increased usage takes a huge toll on trees. Rapid deforestation – much of it to produce paper products – is a huge concern for our environment. Trees play a critical role in absorbing CO2 from our atmosphere and producing oxygen to support life on our planet. By reducing or eliminating your use of paper, you are doing your bit to preserve the life of trees.
Every document that is transported across town or across the world uses up fuel. And the burning of fuel releases greenhouse gases. By switching to a digital document sending solution – where a signed and secure document is sent with the click of a button – a lot of fuel can be saved.
It’s not just the use of paper that’s bad for the environment. There are the other consumables that go along with it – like ink. Production of ink uses fossil fuels; most inks contain chemicals and other substances that are harmful to our environment.
If we do use paper, the best thing we can do is recycle it! Click on the following link for tips.
Beatlie School is participating in this years Wriggly Litter Less Campaign.
We have been awarded a grant which we put to good use and bought a ‘handy cart’ with the grant – this can be used by any of the children to help when out and about in the community when participating in litter picks.
In order to achieve the second part of the grant, we need to carry out 4 litter picks between now and the end of April.
We made a great start and everyone in the school made great efforts to clean the local environment of litter!
You can click on the link for further information on the campaign. There are also lots of photos showing the great commitment and ethics of the school on litter.