PrintOne 45-Minute Class Session

The learner will:

  • estimate and measure the weight of collected debris.
  • make conclusions about the environmental status at the beach.
  • write a journal entry (or poem) describing the survey and clean-up.
  • scale to weigh the bags of garbage (pounds and kilograms, if possible)
  • tally sheets
  • poetry and sketches completed at the beach


  1. Anticipatory set: 

    Discuss the beach clean-up with the following questions:

    • Why did we clean up the beach? What difference does it make?
    • How does what we did fit the definition of philanthropy?
    • How did the beach look before and after our cleanup?
    • How did it make you feel?
  2. Have students sit in their groups and review and complete the tallies of the data sheets from the beach. 

  3. Make observations about what kind of trash was found and how it got there, what they found most often, what was the strangest item. (Be ready for surprises…could get interesting!) Give several students a chance to respond to these questions. Ask students to make conclusions about environmental damage to the beach based on the materials collected and how a small step could make a difference (e.g., much of the trash is food-related and could be lessened if there were more trash receptacles available). Discuss the conclusions as a group.

  4. Estimate the weight of the team bag of debris that was gathered. Weigh the bags of garbage and get a class total in pounds as well as kilograms. Discuss what could be done next with the data to monitor the health of the beach. What is the next right thing to do to make a difference?

  5. Students write in their journals about their feelings of this philanthropic project. Give them time to revise and edit their poetry and art from the beach field day.

    Spend time reading the poetry and sharing artwork in a community circle. 

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.II Philanthropy and Civil Society
    1. Standard PCS 07. Skills of Civic Engagement
      1. Benchmark E.4 Analyze information to differentiate fact from opinion based on the investigation of issues related to the common good.
  2. Strand PHIL.III Philanthropy and the Individual
    1. Standard PI 01. Reasons for Individual Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark E.1 Describe one reason why a person might give or volunteer.
  3. Strand PHIL.IV Volunteering and Service
    1. Standard VS 05. Integrating the Service Experience into Learning
      1. Benchmark E.3 Identify outcomes from the service.