This lesson asks students to consider how their communities would look and feel with and without green spaces.
Step 1 - Inquire: Students draw a community without any green space. Students think, notice, and wonder about this community and how it might feel for humans and animals to live in that community.
Step 2 - Investigate: Students learn about a community activist named Ken Sparks who turned his patio into a green space and inspired others to do the same. Then students listen to a read aloud of Bee and Me.
Step 3 - Inspire: Students conduct research to further explore the relationship between green spaces and mental health, physical health, ecosystem health, and climate change. Teacher collects student notes on a word wall. Finally, students draw another map of their community featuring as many green spaces as they would like to include.
The lesson accentuates the benefits of having green spaces vis-a-vis not having them in their community. We recommend this lesson for students to explore the benefits green spaces have on ecosystem health, mental health, and physical health. Students can also explore the maps to gain skills in urban planning. All the materials have been properly cited, and this lesson has passed our credibility process.
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Disappearing Green Spaces & Environmental Justice (Green Spaces #2)
This lesson explores the benefits of green spaces, how green spaces are disappearing, and how the disappearance of green spaces relates to environmental justice.
Duration: 45 minutes
Subjects: Social Studies, Geography
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types: Lesson Plan, Video
Indigenous Communities and the Environment (Green Spaces #3)
This lesson connects Indigenous communities with the natural environment.
Duration: 55 minutes
Subjects: Social Studies, Geography, English Language Arts
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types: Lesson Plan, Article, Interactive Media, Video