SPENT
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Spent, from The Urban Ministries of Durham, is an online role-playing scenario, which challenges us to rethink our perceptions of…
Exploring the Hidden Costs and Influences of Ads
by Marsha Rakestraw Many of us think that we’re not that influenced by ads. We’ve developed our brand loyalty over…
17 Resources for Teaching About Food Waste
by Marsha Rakestraw “Every day, we’re teaching kids that food is trash.” ~ Jonathan Bloom Our school food systems in…
I Taught Kindergarteners About Plastic Pollution, and They Are Eager to Be Part of the Solution
by Elizabeth O. Crawford, Ph.D. During Earth Week 2018, I was a guest presenter to kindergarteners attending Island Montessori School…
Helping Students Explore Childish Gambino’s “This is America”
by Marsha Rakestraw On May 5, Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, released “This is America,” a new song and music…
Making Connections, Creating Solutions (lesson plan)
by Marsha Rakestraw How are a plastic bag, a shell, and some sea water connected? In her lesson plan Making…
5 Minute Changemaker: Throw Away (or Avoid) Those Produce Stickers
by Marsha Rakestraw Last year my husband and I were moving the compost bin that had come with the house…
Get Wise About Water: Ideas and Resources for Teaching About Water Issues
by Marsha Rakestraw Many of us take for granted washing our hands, using flush toilets, getting a drink of clean…
Those Shoes
Books
by Maribeth Boelts Candlewick Press, 2007 Grades K-3 Jeremy wants those shoes that most of his classmates seem to have:…
You’re Judging People By That Bag They’re Carrying
by Marsha Rakestraw Every day we make split-second assumptions about others, often without being aware we’re doing it. We may…
Tips to Simplify Your Holidays for a More Memorable, Meaningful Season
by Marsha Rakestraw It’s the holiday season. Which of these better describes your state of mind: Joyous, meaningful, balanced? Or,…
Getting the Child Slave Labor Out of Your Shopping Cart
by Marsha Rakestraw We hear about forced and child labor, reading about specific instances in the news, and we may…