Community Clean-Up

Unit of 3 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
K
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Subjects: 
Language Arts
Philanthropy
Social Studies
Issue Area: 
Environment
Focus Question 

What small actions can people take in their own community to address environmental issues like trash and neglected areas? 

Photo Credit: Clean Up Day by U.S. Embassy Romania is licensed by CC by 4.0

Unit Overview 

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.

Service Experience 
Students clean up trash in designated areas and put up signs or provide trash cans to maintain the appearance. The clean-up may involve planting native species or removing invasive species. If the area is a hiking trail, students may provide laminated trail maps with interpretations of the natural history and features along the trail. Involve families and other community members in the clean-up or in awareness of how to maintain the beauty of the cleaned area.
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Community Clean-Up
Lesson 1 of 3
Grades: 
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12

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. 

Photo Credit: Clean Up Day by U.S. Embassy Romania is licensed by CC by 4.0