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Location, Location, Location
Lesson 3
Academic Standards
Philanthropy Framework


Students will identify an area that would benefit from a mini-park.


One Forty-Minute Class Period


The learner will:

  • use a democratic process to locate and select a place for their park.
  • name the location for their park and describe how the garden will look.

Service Experience:

Although this lesson contains a service project example, decisions about service plans and implementation should be made by students, as age appropriate.
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None for this lesson.

Handout 1

Instructional Procedure(s):

Anticipatory Set:
Ask students what they think would be a good location for their park. Write down the suggestions on the board.


  • Discuss with the students what a good location would be for a garden and how they can tell that the area would be suitable.

  • Take students on a walk around the school campus and/or neighborhood and locate a place they think would be good for a garden.

  • When an area is located, return to the classroom to discuss the following questions (as fits the type of garden students would like):
    • How can we make this area look better?
    • How can we make others want to use this spot for a garden and quiet area?
    • What kinds of plants will grow in this area? Who can help us to find the answer to this question?
    • Do we want to attract birds to this area? How can we attract the birds to this area? Is there someone who could help us make bird feeders?
    • Where can we obtain birdseed?
    • How could we build a trail through this area?
    • What do we need to do to prepare to plant things in this area?
    • Who could help us build benches for this area?
    • How do we get permission to do these things?

  • Once answers have been given, conduct a vote on whether or not to proceed with the project and on the location for their park.

  • Once these decisions have been made, have students discuss how the garden will look. Will it have flowers, bushes, trees, benches, trails, etc.? Vote on the plan.


  • Students should write a five paragraph paper that will include the following:

    • Paragraph one: Why do we need to build a park in the chosen location?
    • Paragraph two: How will this park area be used: recreation, quiet area, wild life area, etc.?
    • Paragraph three: What kinds of plants do you think will grow in this area? Why those kinds of plants?
    • Paragraph four: What will we need to do to get this area ready for this garden?
    • Paragraph five: Why is the location we picked the best?
  • The teacher may observe the discussion as a form of assessment.

Lesson Developed By:

Christine Makinen
Kaleva Norman Dickson Schools
Wellston Elementary School
Wellston, MI 49689


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Philanthropy Framework:


Sandra, Teacher New Boston, MI9/18/2007 11:14:53 AM

(The positive aspect of using this lesson was it) helped students become aware of garbage being thrown around and how it affects our environment.

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