plastic pollution

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 (IMS) located in the beautiful, coastal town of Wilmington, North Carolina. As teacher educators often remark, classroom visits rejuvenate and inspire our work preparing the next generation of educators. When we spend time with children…

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7 Groups to Help Empower Young Solutionaries

Young people are hungry to create a better world for people, animals, and the earth, but we’re not born knowing how to do that. Fortunately there are numerous organizations whose mission is to help educate, inspire, and support youth in their efforts to become effective solutionaries. Here are 7 just we wanted to highlight: Do…

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solutionary congress

Students Compete to Create a Better World in First Solutionaries Congress

by Marsha Rakestraw Many schools have debate teams that choose an either/or side regarding a current event and then gather evidence and argue against other teams to support their chosen side. But what if instead of just discussing important issues, students were challenged to develop realistic, meaningful solutions to our pressing global problems? Students did…

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Resources: Third Side

The Third Side: Beyond Either/Or Thinking

Many people view the world through a lens of black and white, either/or. In this activity groups of students work together to explore a variety of possible solutions to a global issues conflict. Recommended for grades 7 and up. Time: 45 minutes to several weeks   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf): Download Common…

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Resources: Earth Court

Earth Court

The biggest issues and challenges of our time go on trial as students serve as prosecution, defense and jury, and then develop a solutions-based sentencing. Recommended for grades 9 and up. Time: Varies   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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Resources: What Will you Say?

What Will You Say?

At the end of your very long life, a child asks you what you did to help make the world so much better. Guide students through this visualization to help them get in touch with their power to make positive change. Recommended for grades 5 and up. Time: 10-20 minutes   Common Core Standards for…

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Resources: One Person Can Change the World

One Person Can Change the World

Empower students by using stories and activities to show them that one person can make a positive difference. Recommended for grades 5 and up. Time: 30-60 minutes   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf): Download Common Core for grades 5-8. Download Common Core for grades 9-12.   Find out how some of our other…

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Resources: Lottery Ticket

Lottery Ticket

Use this quick icebreaker to show participants that everyone can make a positive difference! Recommended for All ages. Time: 5-10 minutes   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf): Download Common Core for grades K-2. 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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books

14 Must-Read Books for Activists

by Marsha Rakestraw We become activists when we learn about an issue or challenge and are inspired to take positive action. Teenager Natalie Warne learned about child soldiers when she watched a documentary in class. She was inspired to become an intern for Invisible Children and help get an important law passed. Economist Muhammad Yunus…

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Whale breaching the ocean's surface

El Estómago de La Ballena

Los estudiantes aprenden sobre el impacto de nuestra “sociedad de usar y tirar” explorando todos los diferentes tipos de basura encontró en el estómago de una ballena. Recomendado para grados 3-8 Duración: 15-45 minutos

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