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It's So Easy To Be Green
Transcript of It's So Easy To Be Green
All students in the class will get a copy to take home, and several copies will be kept in your classroom, media center, and donated to the public library for future students and the public to reference.
Included in the book:
Instructions for calculating carbon footprint
Motivation to make some changes, inspirational quotes from students, etc
All the ideas that have been collected throughout the year
Instructions for building, planting, maintaining a sustainable garden in other communities, The Earth is our home and provides us with everything we need. We need to take care of it. It's Easy to be Green Planning, Preparing, and Cultivating the Soil (which includes our kids) Students will contribute 5 items to
the book and Write a reflection about
what they have learned about sustainability/leaving a legacy.
Students will write a persuasive letter to neighboring school board expressing their success with sustainability in an elementary school setting.
Create a movie of our journey to pass the legacy garden on to the in-coming 5th graders; include what change it made in me, my school, and my community. alex muckerman
sarah schondelmeyer We can ALL make a difference every day by simply changing some of our habits and being more MINDFUL of what we consume. Phase 3 Resources Extensions Making it Sustainable
Leaving the legacy “We're reaching the point where the Earth will have to end the burden we've placed on her, if we don't lift the burden ourselves.”
- Steven M. Greer Field Trip to Missouri Botanical Gardens, StL
Research WW2 "Victory Gardens" and create our own Poster Art to publicize our cause
Prepare some produce for local Farmer's MKT; use money to donate to local food bank
Put what we've learned into even more action by volunteering to beautify a community park on Earth Day
Collaborate with Art teacher to create outdoor art across the different grade levels to decorate the garden's fence line Trask, Crissy. It's Easy Being Green. 2006. GIbbs Smith Publisher.
Hirsch, Rebecca E. Growing Your Own Garden. 2010. Cherry Lake Publishing.
Try This at Home: Planet-Friendly Projects for Kids. 2008. Publisher of Owl Kids Magazine.
Buczacki, Stefan & Beverley. Young Gardener. 2006. Frances Lincoln Children's Books.
Wilbur, Helen L. Lily's Victory Garden. 2010. Sleeping Bear Press.
Don Moore 5th Grade Legacy in Sustainability:
A Community Connection/Activism Project Quotes "Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little." Edmund Burke
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." Mahatma Gandhi
"I am only one, but I am still one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something." Helen Keller
"If we do not change our direction, we are likely to end up where we are headed." Chinese Proverb
"If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them with something more than the miracles of technology. We must leave them with a glimpse of the world as it was at the beginning, not just after we got through with it." Lyndon B. Johnson
Education is linked to freedom...ability to see, but also to alter; to understand, but also to reinvent; to know, and also transform the world. (Wade, p.79) Calculate your classroom's carbon footprint (beginning, middle, and end of school year)- set a reduction goal
Collect and implement countless ways to reduce our impact on the environment at home and at school- books and websites available in classroom to generate ideas
Set an example for students by taking action yourself, your actions can turn into inspirations for your students- changing habits, writing persuasive letters, getting involved, recycling
At the end of the year, calculate your classroom's carbon footprint a final time. If the reduction goal is met, throw a party! True service learning connects what is studied in class with the real world. Funding and Community Outreach
Letter to administration to start a garden at school & apply for a grant
Sponsor a 5K Run/Walk to raise money for garden prep & seeds
Coordinate with School's local business partners
Check with local Eagle Scouts looking for projects: raised beds, fencing, (eventually green house), etc.
Connections with local farmers for topsoil
Master Gardener Clubs & MU Extension Center (courses) Interview local schools with gardens (Columbia-Blue Ridge Elementary; JC - West Elementary & Special Learning Center/Hy-Vee)
Guest Speaker: Master Gardener or Local Garden Center
Students consider climate/weather patterns, & conduct research to choose best plants
Pick ones they can eat!
Students will map out the plot; decide what to grow where
Talk about composting
Community Water Ritual
(Wade, p. 20)
Determine job assignments and establish rotating teams
Have a Planting PARTY! What else can we do? With cooperation from the school's art teacher, any waste used in garden production can be used to create a "trash sculpture." We want to achieve a completely sustainable garden. Initiate a discussion about how trash can contribute to an area's aesthetics, positively or negatively. You or a community volunteer gardener can begin an authentic discussion, walking around the garden, about which fruits and vegetables are ripe and ready to be picked. With clean hands, students can begin the harvest!
The vegetables are washed in the harvest baskets, under potable running water in the sanitized garden sink or under a hose and then placed in tub. The purpose of this first wash is to remove the large visible signs of dirt.
Once all vegetables are washed and placed in the tub, the tub is weighed on the scale.
A student records the following information on the Record Sheet:
a. Weight of the vegetables
c. Date and time of harvest
while The Food Bank doesn't accept jarred or canned items, they actually do accept perishables! At the end of the year, each participating 5th grader will collaborate to construct an informative "how-to" brochure for the successive class to follow in the adjourning class's footsteps.