Unit Overview 

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.

Service Experience 
  Students plant trees in a common area. Students manage a school paper recycling project. They shred paper to be made into compost to nourish the trees.
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Growing Our Future
Lesson 1 of 4
Grades: 
K
1
2

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.

Unit: 
Growing Our Future
Lesson 4 of 4
Grades: 
K
1
2

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.