Save the Truffula Trees

Student(s): Barbara Jones, Abby Arseneau, Ramarra Garrett, Meredith Milarch, Elisa Perez
Mentor Teacher: Rachel Pake, Lapeer Community Schools
MSU Instructor: Kim Keglovitz Email:
Date: 4/24/12 Grade Level: 1-3

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Solving the problems of deforestation

Type of Service

Direct Service

Point of Entry

Begin with standard curriculum, content, and skills and find the natural extension into service.

Project Overview

Teaching the students about deforestation and its serious consequences. They will try to help reverse the problems of deforestation by growing their own plants and planting them at a nursing home.

Rationale & Goal

Our goal is to have the students understand they have the power to help the world. Our rationale is to give meaning to the materials they are learning.


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?

Our community need is a nursing home needing flowers planted outside. This need was determined when students read and watched The Lorax and learned the importance of taking care of the environment.

What service will you provide to address the need?

Students will grow flowers which they will plant at the nursing home for the residents to enjoy.


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 relates because the students will be learning about deforestation and its affects on the environment. Measurement and writing are also incorporated.

What are the educational goals?

Learning how to measure correctly and how to care for the needs of plants. Learning how to keep track of time and plan effectively


Curriculum Crafter Connections

Strand: 02SCI: (Life Science)
TLW: Identify the needs of plants, describe the life cycle of flowering plants that are passed from parents to young. (Gist: Needs Life Cycle and Heredity of Plants)

Strand: 03SCI: (Life Science)
TLW: Classify plants on the basis of observable physical characteristics and describe the function of plant parts.

Additional Standards and Benchmarks

List standards and benchmarks met by this project.


L.OL.E.1 Life Requirements- Organisms have basic needs. Animals and plants need air, water, and food. Plants also require light. Plants and animals use food as a source of energy and as a source of building material for growth and repair.
E.ES.E.1 Solar Energy- The sun warms the land, air and water and helps plants grow.
E.ES.01.12 Demonstrate the importance of sunlight and warmth in plant growth.


M.UN.01.02 Compare measured lengths using the words shorter, shortest, longer, longest, taller, tallest, etc.
M.UN.02.01 Measure lengths in meters, centimeters, inches, feet, and yards approximating
to the nearest whole unit and using abbreviations: cm, m, in, ft, yd.
M.UN.03.02 Measure in mixed units within the same measurement system for length, weight, and time: feet and inches, meters and centimeters, kilograms and grams, pounds and ounces, liters and milliliters, hours and minutes, minutes and seconds, years and months.

Language Arts:

W.HW.01.01 legibly write upper and lower case manuscript letters.
S.CN.01.03 speak effectively maintaining appropriate posture, eye contact, and position using props such as photographs or illustrations in narrative and informational presentation.


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?

For reflection students will keep journals to reflect on the issue of deforestation, the progress of the plants they are growing, and eventually the students will make a presentation to teach other students in the school about deforestation to make them all aware. They will include their personal experiences in this area. The students will also be giving seeds to all of the students that way more people are given the opportunity to help solve the problem of deforestation.


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?

(i.e.: cultural, generational, abilities/disabilities, learning styles, etc.)

There will be different types of plants from varying global location. The students will also be interacting with people of a different age in the nursing home.


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?

The students are going to be deciding how they want to address the problem of deforestation. They also will be keeping personal journals to judge how they are doing and keeping on track. The students also will be evaluating the projects personally.



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

Who will you partner with for this project?

The nursing home is our partner for this project.

How will students benefit from this partnership?

The students will plant flowers and interact with members of the nursing home in a gratifying way.

How will the partner benefit from this collaboration?

The partner will benefit by getting flowers planted and the opportunity to interact with the children.



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?

The students learning goals will be assessed by checking their journals weekly and making sure they are being done correctly.

How will you assess your service goals?

Our service goals will be assessed through observation of the interaction between the students and the residents at the nursing home as well as the resident’s reactions to the flowers when planted.



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

How will you prepare students for this experience?

We will prepare the students by reading The Lorax and the problems of deforestation. They will also be doing research about plants to prepare.

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

• Measuring plants
• Learning about plants from different places
• Writing about plants
• Creating a calendar
• Creating a presentation for the rest of the school.



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 addresses environmental stewardship because the students are planting new plants and giving seeds to other students to help aid the environment.