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Staying clean is a big part of staying healthy and looking good in the community. Personal hygiene and napkin use are the focus of this activity. Your class will eat a messy food, look in a mirror to see if their face is messy, then...
Paul Fong, an Assembly member of District 22, talks about his busy days. Fong shares his education prior to obtaining his position, as well as what he loves most about his job. He also offers great advice for future members of the...
Camp Joy Gardens, a small, non-profit, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm, runs classes for children and adults. The narrator of a short video about Camp Joy Gardens explains how CSA farms can work as a profitable business, as...
Speak Truth to Power
After reading Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and discussing background material about domestic violence, class members create a map showing where in their community survivors of domestic violence can get help and...
Listen as Lilian Chen describes her experiences with sexism in the Super Smash Brothers gaming community, and explores topics like bullying, gender imbalance, social dynamics, and feminism.
Get your scholars cooking with a collection of activities that pairs the class to a community chef, promotes healthy snacking and drinking, and explores fruits and vegetables. Lower elementary learners create vegetable super heroes,...
National Endowment for the Humanities
After reading a series of primary source documents detailing the teachings of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X, class members craft newspaper columns assessing the strengths and weaknesses of each man's vision, and present their...
Two blooms of phytoplankton, instead of just one, now occur in the Arctic due to declining sea ice, which will have widespread effects on the marine life and climate. In small groups, participants build an Arctic food web with given...
Chicago Botanic Garden
Some organisms spend their entire lives in leaf litter. The third in a series of six is a great lesson exploring the community of leaf litter. Groups gather and then spread leaf litter over white paper and remove leaves/twigs while...
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Explore the scientific process through nature. Scholars become scientists as they develop a question, design an experiment, collect data, and analyze their results. A two-week lesson guides your classes through the process and provides...
Make the most of project-based learning with Makerspace. A playbook shows instructors and other interested parties how to set up a Makerspace and Maker community to foster STEM projects. It gives ideas for startup activities and for...
As part of a study of the Civil Rights Movement from 1868 to the present, class members examine first person narratives, the Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education, and other significant events in civil rights history. They then...
Is one type of energy inherently good or bad? Young scientists explore energy resources in a week-long unit. After extensive research, groups create powerful position statements and presentations supporting their energy resource of choice.
While less well known than the event in Boston, the Yorktown Tea Party was equally decisive in turning community sentiment against Great Britain. To gain an understanding of why the colonists objected to the Tea Act, young historians...
Young scholars brainstorm the idea of a community and make a list of the attributes that are common. They create an ideal community and discuss its qualities in small groups. Each group puts together a presentation of a community for the...
Learners examine the process of setting up a service project. They describe this plan to help a family in need in their community. They evaluate the project after its completion.
Students identify examples of philanthropy in the family and community. They describe the economic impact of philanthropy on the family and community. They compare volunteer activities people do today with activities done in an earlier...
Students study vocabulary words associated with community services. They label each community service on an index card and match a phrase with the service. They identify community service buildings in the area on a local map.
First graders choose a community member, show how to resolve a conflict, and trade writing with a classmate. They match symbols that might represent the community members they have chosen.
Students discuss necessary community services then complete a worksheet by filling in essential services, the needed inputs and outputs produced by fulfilling the service.
Young scholars describe charitable, religious, and civic services in their community, and argue for the value of these services. They write a one-page explanation as to why this service is important to the community and why it deserves...
Eighth graders recognize the connection between their religious faith and social responsibility. After a lecture/demo, student groups complete a worksheet imbedded in this plan, then create posters depicting community service.
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