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|Project Title: ||The Green Team|
|School Year: ||2006|
|School - District:||Normandin Middle School - New Bedford|
|Contact Name:||Pasa Miller|
|Content-Area(s):||Science & Technology|
|Brief Description of SL Project: |
All 120 students in our pod joined the Green Team, an environmental program for Massachusetts’ schools sponsored by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs and Department of Environmental Protection. We joined online at http://www.thegreenteam.org and they sent us a program guide with the following: Pledge Card Template, Slash Trash Lesson Plan, Slash Trash Report Template, Additional Lesson Plan – Composting, Food Web of the Compost Pile, Composting is Easy, Teacher Response Form, Press Release, and GREEN TEAM Poster.
Three guest speakers from the community (Edith DeMello: EPA, Lyn Coish: Operation Clean Sweep coordinator, and Marissa Dormitzer: Recycling Coordinator for New Bedford and Dartmouth) came in and discussed the importance of conservation and recycling. The phrase they all learned was “reduce, reuse, and recycle."
|The Community Need the Project is Meeting:|
This program empowered students and teachers to help the environment through waste reduction, reuse, recycling and composting in their school, homes, and communities. This activity helped students to:
-Understand the concept of air quality and how it affects health
-Understand how vehicle exhaust contributes to air pollution
-Take action to improve air quality
-Realize that recycling and composting and other environmental technologies create jobs and that their education is important in helping them pursue a career in these fields
-Develop characteristics of caring, compassion, and good citizenship
-Develop problem solving and cooperative skills
-Learn the value of doing community service
|Service Component: |
In class, students recycled fruits and vegetables via indoor compost. Students then used the soil from the compost to plant vegetables in “bottle biomes”, made by re-using 2-liter bottles. Students got to watch their plants grow and see the water cycle first hand (ground water, absorption of the water by the plant, transpiration out of the plant, condensation on the inside of the bottle, then “precipitation”, as the water rolled down the side of the bottle back into the soil).
Students also planted bushes outside of the school to build a sense of pride in their community. Students adopted Brooklawn Park through The City of New Bedford’s “Operation Clean Sweep” community service program, and so all 120 students and 5 teachers in the pod, as well as the vice-principal and safety resource officer pitched in to pick up the litter at the park. Approximately 100 preparation hours and 25 service hours were used for these activities.
|Connections with Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: |
Life Science frameworks:
Living Things and Their Environment (LS13)
Energy and Living Things (LS14, LS15, LS 16)
Changes in Ecosystems Over Time (LS17)
English Language Arts:
Language Strands- 1:Discussion; 2:Questioning,Listening,and Contributing; 3:Oral Presentation
Composition Strands- 19:Writing; 20:Consideration of Audience and Purpose; 21:Revising Standard; 22:English Convention; 23:Organizing Ideas in Writing, 24:Research; 25:Evaluating Writing and Presentations
|How Youth Voice Helps Shape Project:|
Students in this project were empowered to use their problem-solving and decision-making skills throughout their projects and were able to observe how their own projects were beneficial to the environment in which they live.
|Student Reflection Component: |
Reflection in this project might have been enhanced through student journaling, student-teacher dialogue, and group discussions amongst students to display student’s learning experience. Program leaders could initiate reflection periods before, during and after service.
|Community Partners Involved: |
students, teachers, Green Team Program (sponsored by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs and Department of Environmental Protection), speakers from the community: Edith DeMello- EPA, Lyn Coish- Operation Clean Sweep coordinator, and Marissa Dormitzer- Recycling Coordinator for New Bedford and Dartmouth, Brooklawn Park via The City of New Bedford’s “Operation Clean Sweep” community service program.
|Demonstration/Celebration of Students' Work: |
Teachers and students were invited to the 1st Annual Community Service Learning Celebration to be recognized for their participation in CSL projects. They also prepared project display boards that were veiwed at the celebration.
|Evaluation of Project’s Impact:|
Through the Slash Trash report included in the Green Team materials, students kept track of their progress and could see the impact that they were making during the months. Students working on this project might have further evaluated its impact by surveying student colleagues, family members, and various community members, all of whom were targets of raising environmental awareness around waste reduction, reuse, and recycling.
|Challenges/Solutions Identified by District:|
Organizing and carrying out all of the activities took a lot longer than expected. I would like more hours to be granted to the teachers who run the programs next year. I also would suggest an easier way of purchasing the supplies if at all possible.
* NOTE: This project summary was written by the district/community. Any text in italics was added or modified by the Department (ESE). Most of these projects were supported with Learn & Serve America funds distributed through the ESE.