Learners define stewardship and exhibit responsibility by helping to care for our “small world.” They will respond to the story The Earth and I by Frank Asch by creating watercolor illustrations of themselves acting as environmental stewards. They will decide on a class service project, plan, take action and reflect on their service experience.
One 45-Minute Session
The learner will:
Take action to make sure we are good stewards of the resources we share globally. The following are some project ideas, but the facilitator should solicit ideas from youth:
Refer to the globe and/or the pictures of earth from space. Ask the students what features they notice. Point out amazing features of the Earth, such as mountains, oceans, and other landforms. Name some of the continents and countries and describe the different climates and beautiful regional characteristics. Tell the students that although we live in different places, do different things, and dress differently, we all have the Earth in common.
When youth offer their opinions and suggestions to the service projects, they are using their voice; an instrumental part of service-learning. Brainstorm ideas for a group project for Earth Day locally or globally.
Ask youth to think of activities that exhibit care for the Earth we share and demonstrate to others that stewardship of the Earth benefits everyone and is everyone’s responsibility.
Assess students on their participation in the class discussion including use of the vocabulary words learned during the unit. Assess their ability to explain their illustration and brainstorming actions that the class can take to enhance or preserve the environment.
Science: Create a compost pile and study the life cycle it presents.
Reading: Read Just a Dream by Chris Van Allsburg and reflect on how our actions affect our children’s future.
Math: On garbage collection day, walk around the immediate neighborhood and count the number of families/buildings that recycle and then the number of families/buildings that do not have recycle bins. Compare the numbers when you get back to the room.
Social Studies: Observe facts about the climates and environmental issues of locations around the world.
Learn about the history of Earth Day. Earth day is observed in the United States on April 22nd. It was founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson, and the first official demonstration was in the spring of 1970. Read about the origins of Earth Day at http://earthday.wilderness.org/history/.
Pictures of the Earth from Space http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=2429
The Earth and I by Frank Asch (Asch, Frank. The Earth And I. New York, NY: Scholastic, 1994: ISBN: 0-590-89752-7)
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