Pitch In — A Philanthropic Puppet Project
Focus Questions: Do people have a responsibility to care for the environment? How is being an environmentalist an act of philanthropy?
Students study philanthropists and environmentalists through literature and research. Students choose one environmental issue to research. They will be asked to think about the link between philanthropy, their environment and active citizenshipStudents’ research and responses to the issues are presented in a culminating puppet play.
The purpose of this lesson is to explore what it means to be an environmentalist. Students will work in small groups to research an environmental issue—facts and solutions. The research will be conducted using at least three different types of resources (Internet, magazine, book, video or interview). The ultimate goal of the unit is to empower students to share their knowledge (talent) and make others aware of environmental issues for the common good.
The purpose of this lesson is to create story scripts from the research and facts collected in Lesson One: Digging Up the Facts. The scripts will be comprised of the following parts: setting, one character per student, problem, solution, beginning, middle and end. Students will edit and revise their scripts and then practice and record them on a cassette tape for later use in the puppet play performance.
The purpose of this lesson is to teach students about different types of puppets so they can make their own puppets out of recycled materials. The students use their creativity to come up with a movable puppet that represents a character in their puppet play.
In this culminating lesson, the students perform their puppet plays in order to teach others about environmental issues. As a final piece, students reflect on this project by writing an answer to some essential questions of the unit: What does it mean to be a philanthropist? What does it mean to be an environmentalist?