A Study on Rachel Carson

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A study on Rachel Carson: an activity for children of all ages. Rachel was a woman conservationist who loved nature and a writer who challenged many to consider the impact of pesticides on the environment. In this activity, children will learn more about the woman whose work is credited in beginning the environmental movement.

  • Supplies:
    • garden notebook/journal
    • pencil
    • eraser
    • art medium of your choice
    • page protectors
  • Read the book(s), Rachel Carson and Her Book That Changed the World by Lorie Lawlor and/or Rachel Carson: Preserving a Sense of Wonder by Thomas Locker.
  • Have your children draw a picture of Rachel.
  • While drawing, have your children tell of her accomplishments and narrate parts of her story that had an impact on them.
  • Have your children label any character attributes you and your children can think of for Rachel on one side and her accomplishments on the other. If you have a younger child, have them narrate these qualities and achievements to you while you write them in the notebook/journal for them.
  • For older children: Consider discussing the controversy surrounding the book written by Rachel, Silent Spring, which was said to contain misleading references involving “life-saving insecticides”.
  • Have them write or narrate any thoughts about this and include it in their journal.