Lesson Plan

Caring for the Earth and Our Global Community

Caring for the Earth is an important part of responsible decision-making and global citizenship. Through this lesson, students will strengthen their social and emotional learning skills by exploring how they can be a steward for the Earth.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to identify how they can be a good steward of the Earth.


(10 minutes)
  • Join students together in a circle, either seated or standing.
  • Show them a globe, project a photo of the Earth (or show the Earth ball if you have one).
  • Explain that today they will be discussing and researching how we may care for the Earth and our global community.
  • Explain that you will ask a question and then throw an inflatable ball (or Earth ball if you have one) to someone who will answer.
  • That person will then throw it to someone else to answer the same question.
  • Ask, "What are some things that you love about the Earth, this planet, on which we live?"
  • Answer the question and allow for students to throw and answer as they toss the ball around the room (8–10 times).
  • Receive the ball back.
  • Ask a student to write the following question on the board: "What does it mean to be a good steward of the Earth?"
  • Explain that this student will write down student answers on the board.
  • Ask the class, "What does it mean to be a good steward of the Earth?"
  • Explain that it's okay if they do not know, they can toss the ball to someone else who may know.
  • Begin and toss the ball to a student to answer.
  • Allow students to toss the ball 5–6 times.
  • Receive the ball back.
  • Review the students answers on the board.