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Students will learn about the specifics of illegal dumping happing all around their community. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a clean-up day of the illegally dumped trash. Students will also gather dumped items they will repurpose to create sculptures they can keep in their home gardens. Students will also have the option of turning their sculptures into lamps by adding a solar light component.
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EVERY MORNING CLEAN OUR CAMPUS AND PLAN TO PLANT BUSHES AND TREES ON OUR CAMPUS AND IN OUR GARDEN.
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Our group will collaborate to create a proposal for our school to adopt a local highway. During the year we will host highway clean up days and encourage students to participate to make their community a better and cleaner place.
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growing, planting and supplying small trees to the public
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Our project will show students how they can re-use simple items around their home for sustainable practices.
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Our students will create a sustainable worm farm to support their garden.
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The first grade theme in social studies class this year is “community”. In the beginning of the year, we studied the Agnes Irwin community by taking a walking tour of the campus. We visited the Upper School and the areas where students study, hang out and eat. The first grade students were appalled by the trash and the various possessions the older students left behind. There were pens, hair ties, plastic wrappers, soda cans, and much more. Every first grader picked up at least two items of trash. When we went looking for a trashcan or recycling bins, we were surprised we could not find any. The students were eager to think of solutions to reduce trash at our school. We read The Earth Book, by Todd Parr, to help us understand what we could do to improve our school and preserve the planet for everyone. We also watch videos on the importance of recycling and caring for the environment.
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Kindergarten students celebrated Earth Day by discussing ways that they can preserve the environment and improve the planet for everyone and everything living on it. We started the day by reading The Earth Book, by Todd Par, and 10 Things I Can Do to Help My World, by Melanie Walsh. These books prompted an engaging conversation about why we celebrate Earth Day and the importance of conservation. We put our discussion into action by planting Nasturtium seeds in pods. Once mature, we will transplant to our Lower School Kindergarten Sensory Garden to add to the natural beauty of students’ surroundings. Each year the Kindergarten students plant tulip and daffodil bulbs in the fall and the Nasturtiums in the spring. l After the planting project, the girls completed a recycling worksheet where they sorted items like cans, milk jugs, banana peels, newspaper and cereal boxes to understand what should and should not be recycled. We ended the day by talking about the importance of caring for the earth and their seeds, with respect and love.
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Our project was to pick up litter in our Northeast Minneapolis neighborhood. Our students were given an area to be cleaned up from litter, each student received a paper bag and a pair of gloves. Before we went out to clean up we discussed what is litter and how we safely pick it up and dispose of it.
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The children will sort bags full of recyclable materials into their proper category. They will determine which items are reusable, and which are recyclable. Then on Earth Day, the groups will walk around the campus of our preschool/nature center and collect any litter they can find.

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