TeachOne: Coming Together for Environmental Action

Unit of 2 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Subjects: 
Health and PE
Language Arts
Philanthropy
Science
Social Studies
Social-Emotional Learning
Issue Area: 
Environment
Focus Question 

Who is involved in deciding how we take care of our shared environment - at school, in the community, and in the world? 

Unit Overview 

This TeachOne for Earth Day unit guides learners to see other points of view as they identify environmental issues in their school grounds or local community. With a goal of building peaceful and inclusive communities (UN Sustainable Development Goal #16), listening to others' perspectives is key to moving forward together for a better world. In these elementary and secondary lessons, the learners identify an outdoor space that needs cleanup, and they survey all the possible stakeholders before they take action together. 

Service Experience 
Students identify an area that needs cleanup on the school grounds or in the local community. This may be an unused lot where they plant something useful, a litter-strewn sports field where they petition for trash and recycling programs, or an unmarked trail for which they create maps and plant guides. Whatever they choose, they must collect opinions and ideas, get permission, trouble-shoot, and find resources to address the issue. They reflect on ways that people are different and the same in their vision for the common good. 
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
TeachOne: Coming Together for Environmental Action
Lesson 1 of 2
Grades: 
K
1
2
3
4
5

Students listen and respond to a read-aloud book about making a shared space better. They walk around their neighborhood parks observing plants, use of space, and ways to make the shared space better. They problem-solve about things they can do and then interview and survey others to get ideas and permission to take action. 

Unit: 
TeachOne: Coming Together for Environmental Action
Lesson 2 of 2
Grades: 
6
7
8
9
10
11
12

Students consider diverse perspectives as they advocate for stewardship. They audit the building grounds by looking around for plaes that need extra attention and stewardship. When they find a spot to care for, they must find out who the stakeholders are and interview them. Listening to different perspectives before making a plan of action shows respect and inclusiveness.