This unit helps students recognize that they belong to a global community that shares resources and interests. Learners define "commons" and understand the difference between common resources and private property. The learners define stewardship and environmental stewardship. They will compare and contrast "common" and "private" resources.

Children learn facts about learning around the globe. They brainstorm and carry out an act of service that promotes learning locally or globally.

Children work cooperatively to make a paper quilt displaying the strengths of the group as they make the neighborhood a better place. They brainstorm their personal strengths and needs of the community and make a plan to take action for the common good.

Children play a game to build understanding of personal strengths and cooperative work. They discuss what behaviors promote cooperation and communication. They start thinking about how cooperation can help the common good of their neighborhood.

Students read a story about the making of Stone Soup. Through the story, they learn about the concept of working together for the common good. They brainstorm and choose an idea for a service project related to hunger and health. They work together for the common good on their selected project.

This lesson includes a simulation that helps children understand the number of people in the world who are food insecure. The simulation generates empathy for the injustice of the unequal distribution of food. They learn that food is unequally distributed and discuss how they feel about taking action to address this issue.

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