Dirty Spaces, Clean Spaces

Authored by EcoRise and Representaciones e Inteligencia Sustentable

45 minutes
Primary subjects: 
Arts, Civics and Government, Environmental Education
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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.

Key objectives for students
Describe how they feel when they see a clean public space and a dirty public space.
Draw a favorite public space.
Describe ways to help keep public spaces clean.
Secondary subjects
Mathematics, Reading or Language Arts, Social Studies
Public space, litter, Waste, Trash, recycling, respect, Disrespect
Collaboration, Communication skills
Curiosity, Empathy, Mindfulness, Optimism
Brain-Based Learning, Multi-Disciplinary, Multiple Intelligences, Real-World Application, Technology Integration
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