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Caring for the Earth and Our Global Community

Caring for the Earth is an important part of responsible decision-making and global citizenship. Through this lesson, students will strengthen their social and emotional learning skills by exploring how they can be a steward for the Earth.
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Students will be able to identify how they can be a good steward of the Earth.

(10 minutes)
  • Join students together in a circle, either seated or standing.
  • Show them a globe, project a photo of the Earth (or show the Earth ball if you have one).
  • Explain that today they will be discussing and researching how we may care for the Earth and our global community.
  • Explain that you will ask a question and then throw an inflatable ball (or Earth ball if you have one) to someone who will answer.
  • That person will then throw it to someone else to answer the same question.
  • Ask, "What are some things that you love about the Earth, this planet, on which we live?"
  • Answer the question and allow for students to throw and answer as they toss the ball around the room (8–10 times).
  • Receive the ball back.
  • Ask a student to write the following question on the board: "What does it mean to be a good steward of the Earth?"
  • Explain that this student will write down student answers on the board.
  • Ask the class, "What does it mean to be a good steward of the Earth?"
  • Explain that it's okay if they do not know, they can toss the ball to someone else who may know.
  • Begin and toss the ball to a student to answer.
  • Allow students to toss the ball 5–6 times.
  • Receive the ball back.
  • Review the students answers on the board.
(15 minutes)
  • Explain that there are many things happening on the planet so that animals, plants, and humans can live.
  • Explain that our planet is the only planet with life in our solar system and that an enormous amount of things have to take place to keep all things living!
  • Show the National Geographic video "Earth 101."
  • Ask, "What are some takeaways from the video?"
  • Ask, "What are some ways that humans rely on the Earth?"
  • Ask, "What some ways that the Earth relies on humans?"
  • Explain that students will be split up into groups to work on a mini-project that focuses on how we can be stewards to the Earth.
  • Explain that each group will use chart paper to answer their questions and they will present their findings to the class.
(5 minutes)
  • Review the Stewardship worksheet with the class, modeling how to complete the mini-project on chart paper.
  • Ask students if they have any questions.
(20 minutes)
  • Break students into multi-ability groups.
  • Dismiss groups back to their seats to work in groups. Circle around the room and connect with as many groups as possible to check for understanding, answer questions, and provide support as needed.

Enrichment: Ask advanced students to research the Extinction Rebellion movement.

Support: Work one-on-one or in small groups with some students during independent work time that need extra support.

(5 minutes)
  • Walk around the room and check student comprehension of stewardship and the importance of caring for our Earth during work time.
(5 minutes)
  • Bring groups back together in a circle.
  • Ask each group to present the answers to their questions and ideas for their service project.
  • Ask students to facilitate P-Q-S (Praise, Questions, Suggestions) after each presentation to practise active listening, integrate learning, and build connection.
  • Explain that on another day, the class will participate in a chosen service project (students will vote on the service project they would like to participate in together as a class).
  • Ask, "When can we remember to be good stewards in taking care of the Earth?"

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