"This Earth Day, have your students get their writing inspiration from Mother Nature and EcoPrints from Trickle Creek. This nature-writing kit includes four full-color nature drawings with seasonal inspirational poems, such as 'Winter Morning' by Ogden Nash and 'Summer Grass' by Carl Sandburg. Also included are specific writing ideas for each season and tips about nature writing and art. For grades 3 and up."
EcoPrints is a nature writing kit, which includes:
Examples of writing prompts
Go outside and write a sentence describing something interesting that you see. Then look more and more dlosely at the object. Write three more sentences that give additional details.
Imagine that the President of the United States announced that human beings are now on the list of endangered species. And the President has asked you to write some recommendations about what we should do to save ourselves. What would you recommend?
Write a song that a bird might sing.
Find a place to sit alone outdoors. Pretend that you've been lost in the wilderness for weeks. Write!
Keep a record of the growth of a caterpillar or tadpole. Make careful observations and measurements. Record the dates of your observations.
Sit quietly by a beautiful place outside. Describe the place as completely as you can. Use descriptive words and images to communicate colors, smells, sounds, and textures. Then write another description of the place as you think it will look in fifty years.
Roll down a hill and write something silly at the bottom.
Describe the perfect tree house.
For fifteen minutes, keep a list of everything you touch. (Choose a time when you'll be going both inside and outside.) Then study your list to see how many of the things you touched were man-made and how many were natural. What does this say about our lives?
Sell a season. Write an argument to convince the builders of a climate-controlled theme park to choose your favorite season.
Astronauts who have had the privilege of seeing Earth from outer space agree that the experience forever changed the way they look at Earth and its place in the universe. Imagine yourself seeing the Earth as a tiny planet in the vastness of space. Write an entry in your daily log describing your feelings and thoughts.
EXCERPT from "A Guide to Nature Writing"
One time Arthur Miller, a famous playwright, was asked where he gets his ideas. He answered, "I don’t know. If I knew, I’d go there more often." Find out what helps you come up with ideas—and then go there often!
Look for an idea that will be fun to write about, a subject that you find interesting and want to know more about. Give yourself plenty of time to come up with a good idea. If you have trouble finding an idea to write about, try taking a walk, listening to music, paging through a favorite illustrated book or magazine, or brainstorming with friends or family. You will find dozens and dozens of writing ideas on the backs of the EcoPrints. Try some of them!" - Toni Albert