"Going Green in the Neighborhood" is an integrated unit based upon the students' world. Through the creation of a fictional family and neighborhood, students learn about social responsibility and taking care of our environment.Students begin the unit by creating fictional families. These families decide the layout of their new neighborhood and design houses for their families. They learn how a neighborhood fits into the greater community and about the services and laws that are needed to help the neighborhood and community function. Through the development of this neighborhood, environmental concerns become a focus for student exploration and learning.Students learn about the 3 Rs - Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling. They begin by investigating what items make up the trash at school and at home. They create a plan to help reduce, reuse, and recycle classroom garbage. After the plans have been implemented, students collect data again to see if the class was able to reduce the amount of classroom waste. Students are also introduced to the concept of natural resources. They study trees as a renewable natural resource and learn about the many products and benefits that trees provide.By using the neighborhood as a high-interest vehicle for learning, this unit encourages exploration, observation, experimentation, and social responsibility. Throughout this unit, students become aware that their small changes make a powerful difference for our environment.
Last Modified on December 7, 2019