Envi and Ron Steward

9, 10, 11, 12

The purpose of this lesson is to assist the learner in developing a deeper understanding of what it means to be an environmental steward.

PrintOne Fifty-Five Minute Class Periods

The learner will:

  • explain the meaning of environmental stewardship.
  • articulate an understanding that one person can make a difference.
  • identify ways in which they can personally be an environmental steward.
  • What Can One Little Person Do? (song or lyrics) -Web Site
  • On-line computer with projection capabilities
  • Powers of Ten - YouTube video illustrating the power of ten and comparing the magnitude of the universe to the miniscule molecule
  • Ecology Hall of Fame pictures - Web Site
  • Construction Paper (Multi-colors)
  • Self-sticking notes


  1. Anticipatory Set: As learners enter the classroom have the song entitled “What Can One little Person Do” by Sally Rogers playing in the background. Hand a copy of the lyrics (See biographical References) to each of the learners as they enter the class room. Tell the learners that tomorrow they will be having two visitors attend the class. Their names are Envi and Ron Steward. Ask the learners if any of them might know these two people and if so, if they could share what they know about them so that everyone could help make them feel more welcome tomorrow?Assuming that no one will know them, share that sometimes the family name gives a clue?

  2. Ask: What does “steward” mean? Brainstorm ideas and placing them on the display board for all to see.

  3. Share with the learners that the dictionary defines “steward” as a person who manages another’s… affairs. Suggestion…Share that the word steward means a person who supervises, or manages something; especially: the careful and responsible management of something.

  4. Write the words “Envi” and “Ron Steward” on the board and convert it to “environ steward.”Explain that “environ” is another word for environmental, so an environmental steward could be defined as someone who manages the environment (conservation) for the environment itself, for their own self-interest, for others, and for future generations. Elected officials (government), for-profit businesses, not-for-profit organizations, households, as well as individuals can all be environmental stewards.

  5. Explain that the purpose of the unit is to examine what they can do, as a single individual, involving the landscape around their own home and community to be environmental stewards.Ensure them that they should not be discouraged by the scope of the task to be an environmental steward just because they are only one person.

  6. Show the video "Powers of Ten" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fKBhvDjuy0 by Charles and Ray Eames. This video compares the relative size of things in the universe, and the effect of adding another zero. Discuss students' reaction to the perspective.

  7. Explain that a person can have a local impact as environmental stewards by focusing on one's own school, home, and community.

  8. Show the Ecology Hall of Fame pictures of environmentalists and briefly explain each of their ‘individual’ contributions. http://ecotopia.org/ecology-hall-of-fame/

  9. Distribute colored construction paper and instruct the learners to place their name on the paper in a decorative/individual fashion.

  10. Have each learner give thought to what they might do involving the landscape around their home, school, or community to be an environmental steward. Have them write their ideas on a self sticking note and place the self sticking note on the paper bearing their name. (Teacher’s Note: During this activity replay “What Can One Little Person Do?”If the recording is unavailable, have the learners read through the lyrics one more time before starting to record their ideas.)

  11. When completed, collect the papers with the self sticking notes and place them on the display board for all to see, encouraging the learners, at their leisure, to look over what their classmates wrote and encouraging them to add or delete ideas from their own self sticking notes as appropriate.


The assessment will be the extent and depth of the learner’s participation in the class discussion and activities.

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.II Philanthropy and Civil Society
    1. Standard PCS 03. Philanthropy and Economics
      1. Benchmark HS.5 Give examples of stewardship decisions throughout history and in current events.
  2. Strand PHIL.IV Volunteering and Service
    1. Standard VS 02. Service and Learning
      1. Benchmark HS.1 Select a service project based on interests, abilities, and research.
    2. Standard VS 03. Providing Service
      1. Benchmark HS.3 Describe the task and the student role.