Feel The Wonder

Grades: 
6, 7, 8

Learners will analyze what it takes to participate in a volunteer experience that benefits the community, select a project, participate in it, reflect on the experience and assess its benefits both for themselves and for the common good.

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Duration 
PrintTwo 45 Minute Class Periods
Objectives 

The learner will:

  • describe the importance of clean water and the efforts of volunteers and the whole community in effecting water quality.
  • explain local efforts to keep water clean and available to the community.
  • analyze the attributes of those who volunteer to improve the common good and explain why they are necessary.
  • participate in a clean water restoration effort and reflect on the experience as a benefit for the common good.
Materials 
  • Schedule of water restoration activities in local community (Check with your local water department official or city manager.)
  • Water testing kits (obtained from the local water company or a water testing company)
  • Pre Volunteer Questionnaire (see Handout One)
  • Post Volunteer Response Questionnaire (see Handout Two)
Home Connection 

Interactive Parent / Student Homework:The learners will share their commitment to clean water with their families.

Instructions

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  1. Anticipatory Set:

    Say, "We have been studying the effect careless treatment of water has on our water supply. What are some of the things you learned that affect how you think of water? If given an opportunity to help out, what are some of the activities you think would be available for you to do? Record responses from students on chart paper.

  2. Reiterate the definition/meaning of philanthropy (caring, sharing, and volunteering). Explain that many people care about our water supply and are concerned about restoring the watersheds. We all share this natural resource. Without the help volunteers give to conserve this precious resource, many things, such as drinking water, bathing, swimming, fishing, boating, cooking, etc., would be quite difficult.

  3. Present a list on chart paper of one or more local water projects which welcome the assistance of students. Explain that participation is voluntary and must have parental permission.

  4. Ask the learners to discuss the attributes necessary for someone to help their community as a volunteer (cooperation, thoughtfulness, energy, willingness to give of their time or talent, willingness to follow directions, courtesy to others, concern for others, accuracy, etc.) Have learners describe scenarios that could happen if a volunteer does not take the responsibility seriously.

  5. Distribute Pre Volunteer Questionnaire (Handout One). Go over it together and allow sufficient time for its completion. Collect the questionnaires.

  6. If the volunteer experience will include water testing, take out a water testing kit and demonstrate proper usage.

  7. After the volunteer experience, distribute Post Volunteer Response Questionnaire (Handout Two). Go over it together and allow sufficient time for its completion. Collect the questionnaires.

  8. As a wrap up to the unit, pair the learners and have each partner begin a sharing of information and thoughts about water, its importance and their role in helping to keep water clean and available in the community. Let each person share one good practice they will try to incorporate into their lives regarding the use of water. Ask the learners to share their commitment to clean water with their families.

Assessment 

The shared student self evaluations/reflections may be used as a form of assessment.

Cross Curriculum 

Learners will participate in a clean water restoration project (water testing or another selected experience).

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.II Philanthropy and Civil Society
    1. Standard PCS 01. Self, citizenship, and society
      1. Benchmark MS.4 Describe the characteristics of someone who helps others.
  2. Strand PHIL.IV Volunteering and Service
    1. Standard VS 03. Providing Service
      1. Benchmark MS.3 Describe the task and the student role.
      2. Benchmark MS.4 Demonstrate the skills needed for the successful performance of the volunteer job.
      3. Benchmark MS.5 Articulate and demonstrate the safety procedures that are part of the volunteer experience.
    2. Standard VS 05. Integrating the Service Experience into Learning
      1. Benchmark MS.3 Identify outcomes from the service.