#ToteChallenge: Students investigate the problems caused by plastic shopping bags, then propose solutions they can take to address the problems. They brainstorm uses for plastic bags and design a reusable shopping tote out of an old T-shirt using engineering, problem-solving, creativity, and communication. They take action for the common good by using and sharing their homemade totes and by educating the community about problems and solutions to the plastic bag crisis. 

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Students learn about food choices as needs or wants. They read a book and brainstorm why people cannot have everything they want and describe how people respond to needs (choice). Students create healthy food choice plates to advocate for healthy eating; students may choose to host a healthy food drive. 

These activities and games educate, equip, and empower students to build community, trust, and open communication in the classroom, as well as in the greater community. 

 

  • This Activity Teaches Problem Solving as a Group. 
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