Food Baskets

Teacher(s): Borza, Bruggink, Coleman, Gill, Pohlson, Steketee, Wigent
Main Contact: Andy Steketee Email:
Date: 9/25/12 Building: Lee Middle School Grade Level: 6th
First Trimester: x Second Trimester: x Third Trimester: x

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Project Overview

Give a brief overview of the project you are planning.

Students will help community families become more aware of local resources and also learn how families can make healthy decisions. Students will help UCOM through food drives, pop can drives, etc. and will also volunteer.


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?

-Community awareness of community resources.
-Healthy food
-Nutrition education

What service will you provide to address the need?

-Volunteer at UCOM
-Starter baskets with information on UCOM
-Healthy cooking classes


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?

Students will identify global issues and develop a plan of action to address the issue.

What are the educational goals?

Math: Graphs, decimal, fractions and ratios
Science: Graphs, data analysis, scientific method
Language Arts: Cookbook, script for PSA/documentary
Technology: Video
Art: Community murals for UCOM


Curriculum Crafter Connections

Strand: 06SS: (Public Discourse, Decision Making, and Citizen Involvement)
TLW: Identify and investigate a public issue in the Western Hemisphere, analyze information about it, and develop a solution to present to others. (Capstone project)
(Gist: Western Hemisphere – Global Issues Project) 6-P3.1.1


Additional State Standards and Benchmarks

List standards and benchmarks met by this project. (You may attach a copy of the Content Standards and Benchmarks highlighting the items met by this project.)

Social Studies
6.P4.2.1 Examine as a class how people become involved and present plans of action concerning public policy issues.

Language Arts:
6.W.2 Informative text to convey ideas and information.
6.SL.5 Multimedia in presentations to clarify information.

6.NS.3 Operations with decimals
6.RP.3 Ratios and unit rates in the real-world
6.SP.5 Summarize numerical data sets in relation to their context

S.IP.06.11 Generate scientific questions based on observations, investigations, and research.
S.IP.06.12 Design and conduct scientific investigations.
S.IP.06.15 Construct charts and graphs from data and observations.
S.IP.06.16 Identify patterns in data.


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?

Students will create a documentary showcasing what they accomplished throughout the school year. Students will also be collecting data focusing on community needs.


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.)

Cultural, economic, generational


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?

Students will be volunteering at UCOM. They will be in charge of documenting the project, adapting as the year goes on and meeting community needs.



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

Who will you partner with for this project?

UCOM – Shawn Keener

Family Fare – Cooking classes/donations

How will students benefit from this partnership?

Local families will be provided with starter cooking kits and gain awareness of community resources and nutrition.

How will the partner benefit from this collaboration?

Students will volunteer at UCOM. Also, we will help community awareness of UCOM.



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?

Student learning goals will be assessed in each subject area.

How will you assess your service goals?

Video and data collection.



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

How will you prepare students for this experience?

Brainstorming of issues that affect their lives and the lives of people in our community.

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

-Volunteer on Early Release Fridays
-Create kitchen start-up kits
-Create community cookbooks
-Create Video – PSA or documentary



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?

Families will have access to UCOM even outside of the school year and project.