Keep America Beautiful

Lesson Two: Looking Good!

Objectives:

  • To introduce students to the concept of community beautification
  • To help students understand the role individuals play in the community
  • To encourage students to explore how they can make a difference in helping to improve their communities
Materials:
"Looking Good" student activity page

Time Required: 30 minutes

Directions:
  1. Write "community" on the board and ask students what the word means to them. Explain that a community is a group of people who live and work together in one place, such as a neighborhood, town, or city.

  2. Explain that people in a community work together to make the community look beautiful and to keep it clean. They might put art such as sculptures and murals in parks, and plant trees and flowers to make the neighborhood look beautiful. Ask students what they have in their community that makes it look beautiful or nice.

  3. Ask students what community members do to keep their neighborhood clean. Introduce the concepts of litter prevention and keeping waste in its place, or putting trash and garbage where they belong. Ask students what they can do to keep their community clean.

  4. Explain that some actions people in a community take also help the environment. This includes things like taking reusable shopping bags when they go grocery shopping, which creates less trash; composting food waste and yard scraps—the scraps change into material that is good for soil; planting trees; and recycling.

  5. Distribute the activity page and review it with your students. Students can work independently or in groups to brainstorm ways their families can help improve their community, keep it beautiful, and help the environment in general.

Aligns with National Education Standards

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