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Local Treasures

Reawaken wonder about the natural world and teach students about the environment in which they live by sending them on a treasure hunt! Recommended for grades 3 and up. Time: 2 hours   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf): Download Common Core for grades 3-5. Download Common Core for grades 6-8. Download Common Core…

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Leave Only Footprints

Everyone has an ecological footprint. Participants use paper footprints to simulate the impact of their choices on the earth. Extension activities allow students to explore their ecological footprints and what choices can be made to reduce them. Recommended for grades 6 and up. Time: 45 minutes   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf): Download…

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Judge Not Lest Ye Be Judged

How do our own stereotypes and judgments limit our openness and receptivity to others? This activity uses props (or photos) to explore our snap perceptions of others. Recommended for grades 4 and up. Time: 20-30 minutes   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf): Download Common Core for grades 4-5. Download Common Core for grades…

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Resources: Human rights for all?

Human Rights for All?

This activity familiarizes students with the Universal Declaration for Human Rights and inspires them to think about the freedoms they enjoy that others cannot. Recommended for grades 9 and up. Time: 30-45 minutes   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf): Download Common Core for grades 9-12.   Find out how some of our other…

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How’d That Get on My Plate?

Everybody eats, but how often do we stop to think about how the food on our plates got there and about the impacts of that food on people, animals and the planet? This activity encourages participants to explore how sample ingredients in our food might affect the environment, people, and animals, and what alternatives might…

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Resources: Greatest Impact

Greatest Impact

Groups of students analyze the impact of behaviors and product choices to determine which choices have the greatest impact on the environment, on human health and well-being, and on other species. Recommended for grades 9 and up. Time: Several weeks to a month   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf): Download Common Core for…

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Resources: Free at Last?

Free at Last?

Use visuals of everyday things around us to introduce and explore the concepts of freedom and oppression. Recommended for grades 5 through 8. Time: 15-30 minutes   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf): Download Common Core for grades 5-8.     Find out how some of our other activities connect to Common Core Standards…

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Find Your Tree

Participants get in touch with their senses and nature by finding “their” tree using senses other than sight. Recommended for grades 3 and up. Time: 30 minutes   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf): Download Common Core for grades 3-5. Download Common Core for grades 6-8. Download Common Core for grades 9-12.   Find…

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Resources: Ethical Dilemmas

Ethical Dilemmas

Help students think deeply and critically about what it means to be our best selves and about the ethical quandaries between balancing personal desires with kindness toward others by engaging them in an exploration of personal and global ethical scenarios. Recommended for grades 3 through 8. Time: 60 minutes   Common Core Standards for this…

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Resources: Don't Tread On Me

Don’t Tread on Me: Exploring Oppression

This activity helps students think critically about what oppression is and who gets oppressed, and invites them to consider ways they can promote justice and equality. Recommended for grades 6 and up. Time: 60-90 minutes   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf): Download Common Core for grades 6-8. Download Common Core for grades 9-12….

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