Sing for Spring! Celebrating Earth Day with Music

April 9, 2017

In April, everyone is keen to recognize signs of spring: tiny blades of grass, buds on trees, and warmer weather. It’s a great month to be focused on planet Earth and to gear up for a great Earth Day celebration. Cantata Learning believes that music helps foster community, and so what better way to promote Earth Day than with music?

I still remember being in elementary school when the modern concept of recycling was first introduced. Of course, the tune for “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” made it that much more helpful to remember these key steps for treating our planet well. It got stuck in our heads and made those habits something important and meaningful.

This season, Cantata Learning introduced a new set to the Me, My Friends, My Community series with Caring for Our Planet. The four titles in the set nicely illustrate how our common goals of environmentalism and sustainability are supported by simple ideas such as “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,” but more importantly, how participating in these behaviors makes you part of a community that cares.

Each title includes wonderful back matter that further develops the ideas presented in the song, making these books a great teaching tool for units on Earth science, biology, and habitats. Even better, there are even more fun extension activities for young learners included in our FREE lesson plan, available to download directly from our website.

Looking for even more content to share with your budding environmentalists this spring? Check out My First Science Songs, a fantastic series that explores a variety of science topics—from seasons to weather to life cycles to technology! The latest set published this spring features six new titles on plant structures, with catchy songs to teach kids about roots, leaves, seeds, and more. The detailed illustrations support this learning with cross-section diagrams and examples of different plant habitats. This series would make an inspiring introduction to a community gardening or plant life cycle unit.

As always, Cantata Learning loves to be involved in your library communities. Please share your activities and lessons with us by tagging #LoudLibraries in your social media posts!