Earth Week 2019 Goal
Every AISD student will take a moment to think about how they can make the earth a better place and perform an action to do so.
Earth Week Morning Announcements
Check out these daily morning announcements with fun facts and actions that each person can take to celebrate Earth Week! Read one each day during your school’s morning announcements.
Contest 1 – Zero Waste Student Video Contest
Calling all students! Create “why and how-to” video for sorting compost, landfill, and recycling and win a visit to a #zerowaste recycling, compost and landfill center for you and your teacher.
Judging criteria: effective in creating awareness and inspiring change, less than 3 minutes long, factual accuracy, language accessibility (use of subtitles, images, and/or multilingual narration), inclusive representation, audio/visual quality, potential for district-wide use.
To submit: email the video link, name(s) and grade(s) of students, teacher, and school to email@example.com on or before Friday, April 26th.
Prize: The winning students and their teacher will get to tour the Texas Disposal Systems zero waste facility in May. Teacher substitutes will be paid for by the AISD Science Department.
Odom Elementary Students learn about zero waste with Texas Disposal Systems (TDS). Win a visit to the TDS recycling and composting facility!
Contest 2 – ReThink Your Habits
AISD and the City of Austin sustainability offices are teaming up to bring you the AISD Earth Week ReThink Contest, April 22-29! Buzz your eco-action and win!
How are you celebrating? Share your activities via social media @AustinISDGreen
Farm Fresh Cafes
Davis Elementary Anti-idling campaign
Eastside & International High School celebrations
Monday, April 22
Brooke Elementary National Wildlife Federation Eco School Green Flag Award Ceremony
Friday, April 26
TA Brown Elementary All STEAM Ahead
Saturday, April 27
Boone Elementary Campus Campout
New AISD Headquarters Building
Wednesday, April 24
AISD Carruth Administration Center: AISD CAC staff
Stop by the new HQ Fair to prepare for this Summer’s move to AISD’s new headquarter office. Learn about new commuting options for employees, how to use the Austin Materials Marketplace to distribute your surplus office supplies to schools, and much more. 8-10 a.m. and 2-4 p.m.
- Elementary and Middle School: Assemble a Watt Watcher Student Patrol Team
- Elementary School: Energy from Garbage (PDF), Saving Hot Water (PDF)
- Middle School: Solar Distillation (PDF), Conduct a Light Bulb Inventory and Audit of your Classroom (PDF)
- High School: Energy Simulation Games (PDF), Home Energy Yardstick (PDF)
- All grades: Check out these Energy Star actions to help save energy while reducing costs and greenhouse gas emissions- making the earth a healthier home for all of us.
- Get a tree map of your school to help with tree identification and lessons. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Adopt-a-Tree: Choose a tree on your campus that your class will “adopt” for the rest of the year. Students can identify and learn about the type of tree. Create a sign for your tree with facts displayed about it.
- Use iTree to learn the environmental benefits of your tree and be sure to use proper mulching techniques. Please don’t prune your trees. This shall be coordinated by the AISD arborist.
- Create a healthy plate with ½ fruits and vegetables, ¼ protein and ¼ whole grain and then share photos of your plate @AustinISDGreen #AISDGreen
- Share photos of nature from your schoolyard on Twitter @AustinISDGreen #AISDoutside #AISDGreen or on your school bulletin board.
- Elementary: The Good Food Game. Students examine how what they eat impacts the health of the planet
- Middle School: Personal Food Eco-Audit. Students identify what they eat and determine the footprint of their eating habits
High School: What Am I Eating? Students evaluate food labels and determine if the impact to the environment on a label would change what
- Texas Parks and Wildlife activity plans for all grade levels
- Plan a bike school bus, classroom walking competition, or bike rodeo. City of Austin Safe Routes to School staff can also help! Pssst- Bike to School day is May 9th!
- Rethink your commute! myCommuteSolutions can help you find a carpool buddy, plan a transit trip, map out a bike route, and more! By logging your commute you can win prizes and see fuel saved, calories burned, and pollution reduced.
- Take public transit! All AISD Students ride free on Capital Metro busses.
- Download the AIRE Activity packet (ZIP) lesson plans, containing questionnaire, and coloring book!