Philanthropy—A Day at the Beach

Unit of 5 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
Language Arts
Media / Technology
Social Studies
Arts Education
Issue Area: 
Focus Question 

 What can we do to promote responsible use of natural resources? What does it mean to be a good steward of the earth?


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Unit Overview 

Get to know a local natural resource. Research its history, funding, what it offers, and how people can preserve it for the future. Students use their time and effort to answer a call for help to protect the environment for the common good, either with direct action or advocacy. This project includes many cross-curriculum subjects, including reading, writing, math, science, social studies, as well as putting life skills into practice. (Although written using Michigan dunes as an example of natural resources, this unit can be easily adapted for cleanup at any local park or body of water.)

Service Experience 
Students take action to take care of a local natural resource, either by cleaning up trash or advocating for its proper use.
Lessons in This Unit 
Philanthropy—A Day at the Beach
Lesson 3 of 5

Students will be active philanthropists by volunteering their time to clean debris from the beach or at a local park for the common good. (This activity can be adapted to your location, i.e., clean any public park area.) They will estimate and weigh their bags, total their tally sheets and make observations. They will also create poetry and draw sketches of the beach environment. Note: this activity can be adapted to your location and natural resources.