Earth day is April 22, 2013. Use Shel Silversteins poem Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout to teach children the consequences of not taking care of the place they live, whether it be their bedroom, the classroom, or the world. Have the children write a story or a poem about taking care of their environment.
Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout
by Shel Silverstein
Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout
Would not take the garbage out.
She'd wash the dishes and scrub the pans
Cook the yams and spice the hams,
And though her parents would scream and shout,
She simply would not take the garbage out.
And so it piled up to the ceiling:
Coffee grounds, potato peelings,
Brown bananas and rotten peas,
Chunks of sour cottage cheese.
It filled the can, it covered the floor,
It cracked the windows and blocked the door,
With bacon rinds and chicken bones,
Drippy ends of ice cream cones,
Prune pits, peach pits, orange peels,
Gloppy glumps of cold oatmeal,
Pizza crusts and withered greens,
Soggy beans, and tangerines,
Crusts of black-burned buttered toast,
Grisly bits of beefy roast.
The garbage rolled on down the halls,
It raised the roof, it broke the walls,
I mean, greasy napkins, cookie crumbs,
Blobs of gooey bubble gum,
Cellophane from old bologna,
Rubbery, blubbery macaroni,
Peanut butter, caked and dry,
Curdled milk, and crusts of pie,
Rotting melons, dried-up mustard,
Eggshells mixed with lemon custard,
Cold French fries and rancid meat,
Yellow lumps of Cream of Wheat.
At last the garbage reached so high
That finally it touched the sky,
And none of her friends would come to play,
And all of her neighbors moved away;
And finally, Sarah Cynthia Stout
Said, "Okay, I'll take the garbage out!"
But then, of course it was too late,
The garbage reached across the state,
From New York to the Golden Gate;
And there in the garbage she did hate
Poor Sarah met an awful fate
That I cannot right now relate
Because the hour is much too late
But children, remember Sarah Stout,
And always take the garbage out.
Pictured is a little squishy frog. They are great for sensory play as well as muscle development associated with fine motor skills. They can be found online or in the party favor aisle of your favorite store.
Sometimes children need a little inspiration to write a poem. Here are few poems about frogs!
I Have a Little Frog
I have a little frog
His name is Tiny Tim,
I put him in the bathtub,
To see if he could swim,
He drank up all the water,
And gobbled up the soap!
And when he tried to talk
He had a BUBBLE in his throat!
Five Little Tadpoles
Five little tadpoles swimming near the shore.
The first one said, “Let's swim some more.”
The second one said, “Let's rest awhile.”
The third one said, “Swimming makes me smile.”
The fourth one said, “My legs are growing long.”
The fifth one said, “I'm getting very strong.”
Five little tadpoles will soon be frogs.
They'll jump from the water and sit on logs.
Imagination plays an important role in brain development. Reading and creating stories help children learn to think on their own and connect several thoughts together. Encourage children to elaborate their stories. Ask them why their characters performed certain actions, or how their invention works.
Some Children may need help starting, give them a picture to explain, or a few sentences to get them started. Most important give them plenty of time to read! While reading they have to fill in the missing information.
"In the city of Ember, the sky was always dark. The only light came from great floodlamps mounted on the buildings and at the tops of poles in the middle of the larger squares. When the lights were on, they cast a yellowish glow over the streets; people walking by threw long shadows that shortened and then stretched out again." - The City of Ember, by Jeanne DuPrau
The story has great description sparking imagination, but leaves room for the children to fill in the blanks. They fill in what the buildings look like, what the streets are made from, and what the people creating the shadows look like.
Imagination and creativity will take a child far, the world was once flat, entire populations didn't exists; it takes an imagination to see the possibilities of the future.