If you have never read the Adventures of a Plastic Bottle, I highly recommend it for your Earth Day studies. It is fantastic! It reinforces the personal "diary" type writing like Diary of a Worm and it teaches students how a bottle is made, recycled and made again. Our Big Home is a beautiful poem about the earth celebrating all the things that make earth a wonderful place to live. Human Footprint is an eye opener! It is a great book to show students (and us!) how much garbage etc only ONE person makes and some suggestions on how ONE PERSON can reduce their human foot print. It's a great feeling to know that one person can make a difference. Compost Stew is a very simple A B C book on items that go into a compost bin. It is simple, yet effective for teaching about composting and the resulting soil that can be used for growing things. I have left (affiliate) links at the bottom for your convenience.
In this April unit of Hooked on Writing, students will learn about poetry and will practice Free Verse, Haiku as well as skills like using alliteration. This unit combines skills learned throughout the year and gives students a place to apply them here. For example, students will write informational pieces, create drama about the environment, write adventure stories, and they will summarize their story by writing a poem as a summary! This unit is jam packed!