Lesson 88 – Earth Day  (Poem)

I am the Earth
And the Earth is me.
Each blade of grass,
Each honey tree,
Each bit of mud,
And stick and stone
Is blood and muscle,
Skin and bone.

And just as I
Need every bit
Of me to make
My body fit,
So Earth needs
Grass and stone and tree
And things that grow here

That’s why we
Celebrate this day.
That’s why across
The world we say:
As long as life,
As dear, as free,
I am the Earth
And the Earth is me.

– Jane Yolen

A) Please use the Internet to find the answers to some of these questions.

  1. Why do we celebrate Earth Day?
  2. Gandhi Jayanti is celebrated annually on 2 October.
    On which day of the year is Earth Day celebrated?
  3. Do you celebrate Earth Day in school?
  4. If so, how do you celebrate it?
  5. If not, how do you think you would like to celebrate Earth Day?
  6. In your notebook, write down the first two lines of this poem.
  7. Now rewrite the next four lines with your own ideas. Use your imagination!
  8. What do these lines mean: “I am the Earth and the Earth is me?”

B) “Annually” means “once a year.” What do the following words mean?
Use the words below in sentences of your own. Your sentences must show that you understand the meaning of the word.