Growing Our Future
Students learn about the importance of trees to the environment and plant new trees and recycle waste paper to make mulch. Through literature, video, music, and drama, they reflect on making a difference in their community. They learn about recycling and composting.
In this lesson, the students learn about the value of trees to the environment and all sectors of society. They also learn their personal responsibility for caring for trees. Students act out story of The Lorax and recognize that trees are a limited natural resource. They brainstorm the benefits of trees and group (and regroup) the benefits into meaningful categories. A guest speaker on Day Three teaches them what trees need to survive.
Learners will use their time and talent to pot and care for young trees. They will identify the needs of the trees. They will discuss possible common areas to plant the trees.
The learners will use their time, talent, and treasure for the common good by transplanting trees in a common area.
After studying the process of composting, learners will recycle paper from their school to be taken to a compost pile in a local nursery. A return visit to the nursery will show students how their paper has become part of the compost pile and is no longer recognizable as the shredded paper they brought to the nursery. A part of this compost pile will be returned to help beautify the trees that the learners have previously planted.