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I Own It!

Authored by EcoRise and Representaciones e Inteligencia Sustentable

45 minutes
Primary subjects: 
Environmental Education, Social Studies
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Average: 5 (2 votes)

In this lesson, students explore the difference between physical spaces that have private owners and those that are owned by and open to the public. In the Who Owns It? Game, they identify who owns a space, who uses it, who is affected if something goes wrong with it, and who is responsible for its care. Along the way, students learn that they are fortunate to be able to enjoy many different types of public spaces, but they also have a responsibility—as we all do—to help nurture and care for those spaces.

Key objectives for students
Distinguish who owns a private space versus who owns a public space.
Recognize a public space as a place that belongs (in part) to them.
Explain how we all share rights with regard to and responsibilities for a public space.
List several specific ways to care for public spaces.
Secondary subjects
Art, History, Language Arts
Public space, private space, responsibility, rights, tragedy of the commons
Collaboration, Communication skills, Critical Thinking, Systems thinking
Curiosity, Empathy, Mindfulness, Optimism
Brain-Based Learning, Multi-Disciplinary, Multiple Intelligences, Real-World Application
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