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Roots and Shoots


6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Social Studies

Resource Type

  • Activity - Classroom

Regional Focus

Global, North America, United States



Together No Trash

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  • This seven-page resource is a ready-to-use project guide that will get students thinking about their communities and creating initiatives to clean them up. 
  • Using an inquiry model, students will have opportunities to think, plan, question, communicate, and advocate for litter reduction in their neighborhoods. 
Teaching Tips


  • This project guide provides everything students will need to roll out a project in which students explore the habitat(s) of their local community, think critically about what kind of project would benefit their space, take action, and inspire others. 
  • The resource is rich with compelling stories, links to enriching information, and attention grabbing graphics. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • A list of domain specific vocabulary is included and would be helpful for younger students. 
  • The link to the checklist on page 4 is broken.


  • This resource could be used in a science unit on habitats or conservation.
  • Language arts classes could practice persuasive writing when contacting their elected representatives.
  • This activity is best suited as a whole class project or a project for a club, as there are so many components. Consider having students form committees that spearhead different parts of the project. 
  • As an extension, students could create a podcast or commercial about their community project and how it impacted their community.
Scientist Notes
This resource contains stories, pictures, and practical examples of how students can take action to address biodiversity loss, pollution, and other environmental issues in their community. This is recommended for teaching.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

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    • Active Citizenship in the 21st Century - Civics, Government, and Human Rights
      • 6.3.5.CivicsPD.2: Use a variety of sources and data to identify the various perspectives and actions taken by individuals involving a current or historical community, state, or national issue.
      • 6.3.5.CivicsPD.3: Propose a solution to a local issue after considering evidence and the perspectives of different groups, including community members and local officials.
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