One Tree at a Time

MSU Students: Katherine Weed, Katie Hicks, Elyse Jackson, Molly Martin, Kimberly Reyes
Mentor Teacher: Kellie Stroud, Coldwater Community School District
MSU Instructor: Kim Keglovitz Email:
Date: May 2012 Building: TBD Grade Level: Kindergarten

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Recycling and Environmental Health

Type of Service


Point of Entry

Learning about environment and recycling, reading The Lorax by Dr. Seuss.

Project Overview

Give a brief overview of the project you are planning.

Collecting cans to raise money in order to buy a tree(s) to plant and take care of outside of the school.

Rationale & Goal

State the goal of your service learning project.

To teach the students how to connect to the community, make a difference and contribute to environmental health even in a small way.


Effective Practice: MEANINGFUL SERVICE

Service learning actively engages participants in meaningful and personally relevant service activities.

What community need will you address and how did you determine the need?

The need we will address is to recycle and replant trees outside of the school. We determined this need by brainstorming and researching about relevant issues through interviews with community members, Internet research and reading of children’s books.

What service will you provide to address the need?

To address this need we will need to raise money to buy the tree through engaging in an environmental service (recycling) and then buying the tree and planting it outside the school. The students will then learn how to maintain the tree and will make a picture book to teach others how to do the same in their community.


Effective Practice: LINK TO CURRICULUM

Service learning is intentionally used as an instructional strategy to meet learning goals and/or content standards.

How is this project related to your curriculum?

This project incorporates science lessons along with using calendars and dates. It will also teach the students to use art, pictures and creative expression to learn about needs in the community.

What are the educational goals?

To teach the students how to brainstorm, work together, solve a problem and to learn that they are contributing members of society.


Curriculum Crafter Connections

Strand: 00SCI: (Life Science)
TLW: Compare living and nonliving things and identify the basic requirements for life.  (Gist: Living-Nonliving Basic Needs)

Strand: KG Math: (Counting and Cardinality)
TLW: Count to tell the number of objects. (Gist: Count Objects)


Effective Practice: REFLECTION

Service learning incorporates multiple challenging reflection activities that are ongoing and that prompt deep thinking and analysis about oneself and one’s relationship to society.

What form(s) of reflection will you use with the students to help them identify what they have learned and accomplished?

-Take pictures and created a vision board.
– Make a book, calendar and representation of tree.
-Group discussions, individual evaluations.
-Write a book on how to teach this to others.
-Receive certificates of completion and celebrate with a community gathering.


Effective Practice: DIVERSITY

Service learning promotes understanding of diversity and mutual respect among all participants.

What types of diverse perspectives and experiences will be explored as part of your project?

-This project promotes unity and coming together as a group regardless of their differences racially, culturally, abilities or disabilities. All students will participate in all activities equally and will be treated equally as a group.


Effective Practice: YOUTH VOICE

Service learning provides youth with a strong voice in planning, implementing, and evaluating service learning experiences with guidance from adults.

How will students gain ownership of the project?

-They will all participate in planting the tree and collecting the cans. Each person will be responsible individually for watering the tree and will be able to see the results.



Service learning partnerships are collaborative, mutually beneficial, and address community needs.

Who will you partner with for this project?

-The school and parents.

How will students benefit from this partnership?

Students will benefit by being part of a whole which is important for them to think about when trying to contribute to a problem.

How will the partner benefit from this collaboration?

The school will benefit having their landscape enhanced. Parents can see what differences their children make and hopefully be encouraged to continue this with their child or even on their own.



Service learning engages participants in an ongoing process to assess the quality of implementation and progress toward meeting specified goals, and uses results for improvement and sustainability.

How will you assess the student learning goals?

Assessment of their counting.

Assessment of their ability to write.

The vision board in the classroom will remind them of what they are working toward and why. Their individual calendars will give them things to look forward to

How will you assess your service goals?

We will access our goals by how well the community responds to the project and how inspired the kids are to continue with the project and work it independently.



Service learning has sufficient duration and intensity to address community needs and meet specified outcomes.

How will you prepare students for this experience?

We have divided the project into small parts — more appropriate for the students’ attention spans. We will have two weeks of preparatory and introductory lessons. These introductory materials and mini lessons, along with our calendar, will help the students complete the project in the designated time frame.

What are some possible activities students might do as part of this project?

• Plant seeds
• Communicate with community members
• Collect cans for money
• Monitor progress
• Show other classes how to do this type of project



The three arms of sustainability are environmental stewardship, economic growth, and social progress. Think planet, profit, and people.

Describe how your project addresses the issue of sustainability?

This project teaches the students about environmental health and what they can do to take part in it — teaching them that saving the planet starts with a simple step is an important lesson to learn. Hopefully the students will continue to be environmentally conscious in the future.