Clean and Green Your First Grade Class

I am excited to present the Clean and Green First Grade Program Guide. Thanks to Keep Iowa Beautiful, the Waste Commission of Scott County and Character Counts! in Iowa, we are ready to pilot it in Davenport schools. The guide is flexible; it has engaging activities for the classroom, afterschool and summer programs. Each of the activities can stand on its own, but it will be more powerful if used as a comprehensive unit. During this pilot year, we’ll collect feedback from as many of you as possible, and change the program guide in response to your feedback. Watch this Web Site for online surveys, send feedback to Martha McCormick, or add your comments to this post itself.

The Clean and Green First Grade Matrix of 20 activities is based on the Common Core First Grade Standards for Mathematics, Life Science, Social Studies, Literacy and 21st Century Skills. We used the Four Keys of Character Education-safe, challenging community, self study, other study and public performance-as the other axis of the matrix to assure that we help teachers incorporate best practice in their classrooms.

Please check out the Clean and Green First Grade Program Guide; here are some of the lesson plans you’ll find–

  • Edible Aquifer
  • Papermaking
  • Creating a Dichotomous Key
  • Creating a Photo Book
  • Power Animal Puppets
  • Dealing with Conflict using Power Animals
  • Environmental Fairy Tale Activity
  • Unbelievably Fantabulous Long 10-yd Hike
  • Hide a Penny Lesson Plan

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One Reply to “Clean and Green Your First Grade Class”

  1. This is really neat! I like the “Clean and Green” format, with the wealth of activities. Although I am no longer a full-time classroom teacher, I own a private tutoring company, and I can see taking many of these lessons and activities, changing them just a bit, and using them with the students I see on an independent basis. They’ll be strengthening academic skills, as well as learning more about the value of a “green life.” Thanks so much!

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