Students define stewardship and commit to reducing the amount of trash they contribute to the world. Students talk to older family members about trash and recycling memories to determine if this is an old problem or a new problem.

Students recognize that their actions and behaviors will become memories for future generations. They will recognize the importance of recycling and using resources wisely for the common good. Students identify ways to make recycling a routine part of their lives.

The students collect and organize information and interpret data on a graph using the “memory items” brought from home. (See Lesson One: Traveling Back in Time.)

Students learn that the community has four sectors: business, government, nonprofit and family. The students take a walk through a central business district in their local community and identify which sector funds or is represented by different buildings, business, parks and so on.

This lesson introduces the definition of a community and challenges students to explore the characteristics of their own community.

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The purpose of this lesson is to give the children background information on the early pilgrims and the reasons for their migration from England. It will also introduce them to the idea that in leaving their home, the Pilgrims met people of different cultures.

The students recognize that their classroom is a community because the students are brought together for a common purpose. The students are encouraged to be philanthropic within their classroom, school and family. They analyze how philanthropy and trust affect the common good of the community.