Chitra Soundar, illus Jen Khatun
Sona is learning about climate change and pollution at school. The teacher encourages her class to make a pledge to help the planet and create a plan for their families. Sona is very enthusiastic about this. Alarmed by the amount of electricity and plastic they use. She decides to take direct action turning off appliances and hiding her baby sister’s nappies which does not go down very well with her family. Eventually though, with the help of her family they agree to work together to make changes and when the local she finds ways
Talk about the story
Talk about Sona’s pledge to look after Planet Earth and how her family responded when she began turning off lights, fans and hiding the baby’s nappies.
Talk about the parts of the story you found the most interesting, or the most surprising.
Talk about the sorts of things you and your family or friends could do to look after Planet Earth.
Things to make and do
Make a plan to save Planet Earth
Make up your own plan of things that you and your family could do to save energy and reduce plastic use in your home.
Design a Kolam pattern
Use some rice flour and practice sprinkling it to make dots and swirls. See the links below for examples. To make a Kolam design to display on a wall us dark paper. Make a pattern of dots of glue with swirls between and then sprinkle rice flour or white flour onto the paper. Shake off the excess flour.
Make a sculpture
Collect together some plastic recycling and make your own sculpture with it.
Write a poem
Sona and her class write acrostic poems about pollution. Have a go at writing an acrostic poem. Start by writing a word down the side of the page in capital letters , this could be POLLUTION or PLANET EARTH. Then write a word or phrase beginning with each letter. eg
Plastic in the ocean
Lying on the beach
Air around us dirty
Save our planet please!
Take a look around
It’s time to take a stand
Children can help too.
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