In civil society, different people come together to form community. While differences may cause conflict, for the sake of the common good, we practice empathy and respect for others. Students respond to literature about how people from different perspectives see the same thing. They learn to communicate respectfully with someone of a different opinion and to seek common ground or compromise. The lesson concludes with a service project in which the students create posters to bring people in the school or community together. 

In this one period lesson, students learn about people and children who are homeless and make bedtime bags for children in shelters as their service project. 

"I always wondered why somebody doesn't do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody."  - Lily Tomlin

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 and share it with others.

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 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. 

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