#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. 

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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Students get outside and play in nature and recognize the beauty of diverse living things in their environment. Their service project is to share nature with someone else in a creative interaction.  

Students use visual literacy skills to talk about an artistic image. They listen respectfully to the different opinions and perspectives of their classmates. The students identify a need at their school and create a simple image that tells others to think differently or take action to improve something at school. 

Students learn about the environmental effect of crayons and their own power to make an impact. Students collect gently used crayons from restaurants and other places in the community. They sort them by color, repackage them for re-use, add a kind note, and donate the new packages where they identify a need. This elementary lesson includes an art lesson with crayons, pictured here. This lesson is enhanced when it involves collaboration between classrooms from elementary to high school. 

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