Learners come to a consensus about which issue to address. Students play a cooperative game that illustrates the concept of a partnership. Students identify the community organizations available in their neighborhood. With teacher help, learners make a plan for a service-learning project and carry out the plan.
One 45-Minute Class Period, Plus time to carry out a service-learning project
The learner will:
The following areas may be addressed by the students after the survey:
one hula hoop
Assign a volunteer the task of photographing the event and the classroom activities.
Read aloud a book or story about someone improving his or her neighborhood or community. See Bibliographical References. Discuss the main character's motivation. Ask the children if they feel the same way and what they might do to make their community better.
Students interpret their neighborhood/community needs and begin to address those needs through a cooperative project. Students decide what community organizations best match the needs of their chosen issue and are in their community area. They plan a project to beautify their neighborhood based on their interests and abilities.
Language Arts: Read a book about children making an impact in their neighborhood; compare and contrast the story with the service-learning project.
Social Studies: Compare and contrast the learners' community with a different type of community. Would their project have been the same in a rural and urban environment? Discuss how the type of place affects the needs.
Art: Have learners make a collage of photo images from the service-project.
Bennett, William J. Children’s Book of Heroes. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1997. ISBN: 684834456
Biographies of world famous heroes, like Mother Teresa, to everyday heroes, like moms and dads. Filled with stories of people that children can look up to and emulate.
Brisson, Pat. Wanda's Roses. Honesdale: Boyds Mills Press, 2000. ISBN: 1-56397-925-X
A girl with simple faith, enthusiastic Wanda is convinced that she can grow roses from an old thornbush. When it doesn't flourish, the neighbors all pitch in and donate, filling the lot with beautiful rosebushes. Philanthropy themes: community supporting each other, self-interest sparks giving, kindness, common good.
Cooney, Barbara. Miss Rumphius. New York: Viking Penguin, 1985. ISBN: 140505393
A young woman vows to make the world a more beautiful place before she grows old and dies. She follows through with her vow by scattering Lupine seeds everywhere she goes. She passes on her idea to her niece by telling her, “You must do something to make the world more beautiful.” ~ American Book Award Winner
DiSalvo-Ryan, DyAnne. City Green. HarperCollins, 1994. ISBN: 068812786X
Marcy and Miss Rosa start a campaign to clean up an empty lot and turn it into a community garden.
Stewart, Sarah, and David Small. The Gardener. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1997. ISBN: 031236749X
Lesson Developed By:Dianne Kneller
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