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Space in Places

Theme: 
Public Spaces
Grade: 
Kindergarten
Essential questions
What is personal space?
What is the difference between public and private space?
How can I tell if someone’s private space is being invaded?
How does private space apply in a public area?
What does respect mean? responsibility?
Why is it important to show respect for people and places we care about?
How can we help keep public spaces clean and litter-free?

This module includes the following lessons:

Lesson 1: Eco-Activity: My Space? (Estimated time needed: Two 40-minute sessions)
In the first session of this lesson, students hear about a boy named Mike who doesn’t respect the personal space of others and so has trouble making friends. They discuss the importance of respecting the personal space of others, learn how to measure personal space, and then use hula hoops to further explore personal space. In the second session, students learn what it means to invade someone’s personal space. They participate in a role-playing exercise that will help them understand the reactions of people who feel their personal space is being invaded. The lesson ends with students connecting the ideas of personal and public space by creating a drawing to show the importance of respecting the personal space of others when visiting public spaces.

Lesson 2: Eco-101/Eco-Activity: Public or Private? (Estimated time needed: Two 40-minute sessions)
In this lesson, students learn the difference between public and private spaces, as well as who owns and sets rules for each type of space. Students practice distinguishing between the two types of spaces by sorting pictures of places into “public space” and “private space” categories. Then they discuss the concepts of respect and responsibility and the way those concepts relate to how we treat people and places. The lesson ends with a discussion about the importance of having both public and private spaces and following the rules for each type of place.

Lesson 3: Eco-Activity: Dirty Spaces, Clean Spaces (Estimated time needed: One 45-minute session)
In this lesson, students make a drawing of a favorite public space and tape small pieces of actual (clean) garbage to it. They discuss how they feel about seeing trash in their favorite space and brainstorm ways they can help keep it clean. Students then "clean" their public space by removing the garbage taped to the drawing. Then students discuss how they feel when they encounter a public space that is dirty, why some people litter, and why it is important to take responsibility for caring for our public spaces.

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