Today (Wednesday 22nd April) is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Earth day is an annual event celebrated around the world on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection.
To celebrate Earth Day, why not look at the diversity of life around you. You can spend 15 minutes looking out of your window – how many different birds can you see. If you listen at about 6:00 PM, you can hear lots of different bird songs. Which ones are the most tuneful? How many different bird calls or bird songs can you recognise? The Woodland Trust has a useful page where you can hear samples of the most common bird songs.
If you have safe access to a garden or green area, have a look at the plants and flowers growing there. How many different species of tree can you see? Again, the Woodland Trust has a page where you can download simple guides to leaf identification or blossom and catkin identification. There will be many common wildflowers growing in your garden. This worksheet school plant hunt lists the most common, but I’m sure you will be able to see many more. The Country Life Guide to Wildflowers can help with identification – it has 43 pages, so don’t try and print this out without permission.
Finally, while you’re starting your phases of the moon chart (see yesterday’s update for details), why not see what constellations you can spot? The planet Venus is very bright in the evening sky now, and if you are lucky you might catch the tail-end of the Lyrid meteor shower.
Tomorrow is St. George’s Day, the national day of England. (The date is easily remembered – two, three, four, 23/4). ‘Mr. T does History’ has a great website with some useful home history ideas, and Mr. T has produced a video about St. George’s Day, with st georges day pdf resources for you to complete to show what you’ve learnt.
Hope everyone is keeping well! If you haven’t started yet, why not take part in our letter writing challenge.