In this one-period lesson, students examine the effects of using words as social action today and in history. They use words to communicate positively and build community within the school. A service project involves writing positive messages on stones and placing them strategically around the building to uplift and beautify the school!

In an effort to strengthen community, students draft and share a simple book about a chosen character trait. They learn the importance of community/social capital by building positive experiences with students of different ages. The students publish the completed pattern book on posters and share in a fun presentation in front of the whole school.

In this one period lesson, students explore the impact of sharing their experience to make a difference to someone who hasn't had an experience yet. They learn about "paying it forward," also known as serial reciprocity. Students will facilitate a service project that revolves around letters of encouragement. The seniors' letters will offer helpful tips and support for incoming freshmen. This lesson may be adapted for any grade level. 

Students organize and implement a school-based recycling plan based on a one-day lunchroom waste audit.

Adapt this one-period lesson plan for any grade level and follow it with a simple and powerful service project for Earth Day. The reflection brings learning and service impact together. 

Students learn about the goals of Earth Day and identify areas in town that need clean-up or planting. They plan a day of service.

Adapt this one-period lesson plan for any grade level and follow it with a simple and powerful service project before or on Earth Day. The reflection brings learning and service impact together. 

Students learn about the toxic ingredients in personal care products and take action to protect local waterways from the effects of the chemicals.

Adapt this one-period lesson plan for any grade level and follow it with a simple and powerful service project. The reflection brings learning and service impact together.

Students explore bees as pollinators and learn about reasons their population numbers have been declining in recent years.  They write a letter or create a handout to teach others how to help bees through planting native species.

Adapt this one-period lesson plan for any grade level and follow it with a simple and powerful service project before or on Earth Day. The reflection brings learning and service impact together. 

This lesson consists of research and project-work days. Students will work through the various worksheets in their groups, developing their projects while relying on what they learned in previous sessions. They use a decision matrix and work collaboratively to fine-tune their solutions. Students conduct independent and whole group research based on the list brainstormed in the KWL.

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