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Overview: Parents can help their children do this lesson on neighborhood
awareness. It's one thing to say you do or don't like your neighborhood,
and quite another to know why.
Teacher Preparation: Information from neighborhood organizations;
have a speaker from your city planning department, or a member of a neighborhood
citizen's participation organization.
- Run through an exercise with your students in describing their neighborhoods'
sounds, smells, sights and activities. Help them isolate smaller pieces
they can identify with or point to. For example, break down "too
much noise" into different types of noise they can directly identify,
such as loud music or cars from a nearby expressway.
- Have them talk with their parents about their neighborhood the way
it is now, and what it was like 5, 10, or 20 years ago. What things
have influenced change in their neighborhood?
- What things would they like to see different, and how can that change
be realized? Invite an elected representative from a citizen's participation
organization to field questions from your class and offer suggestions
about how they, even as students, can begin to make a difference in
- Inspire your students to a closer level of community within your school
building by sharing more or working with other classes.
- Draw pictures of neighborhoods for an art project.
- Have students interview older neighborhood residents, finding out
what neighborhoods were like when they were younger, using that information
to write a short story about that point in time.
Out of Site - Out of Mind?
Overview: Our city, Wichita, has a population of the combined
metro area pushing half a million. Daily, the trash generated per capita
is 7.1 pounds, compared to the national average of 4.4 pounds, and our
landfill is full, stuffed with 1,500 tons of garbage each day. What can
be done about the garbage we produce, and how can this wasteful public
attitude be changed?
Ideas to Consider:
- Pay-As-You-Throw: Charging for each item or bag put out for
disposal. Will it force consumers to be more conscious of what they
- Reduce Volume: Reduce the size of containers, or allow pickups
less frequently. Do large containers encourage more trash?
- What's a Tipping Fee?: The cost to haulers locally is about
$15.00 per ton, which will rise as new technologies are introduced or
landfills are located farther away. Will increased fees result in less
- Compost: Grass clippings and tree limbs account for 20% of
landfill capacity. If composting is easy, why don't more people do it?
- Up in Smoke: Plasma torches and other incineration technology
is getting the cold shoulder in many areas due to lack of trash to keep
them going. Is energy generation an acceptable trade-off for cleaner
- Recycle: Who is going to sort all the stuff out? Some propose
putting prisoners to work sorting the recyclable items. What are the
pros and cons?
- Changing our Attitudes: What can we do as consumers to reduce
the trash we generate? What would happen if we demanded less packaging,
or more products made from totally recycled material? If people create
garbage, do we need less people? Should we expect the government to
fix the problem? What are we willing to give up?
'96 US Presidential Campaign
A president with no moral character, and a challenger with no substance?
Well, at least we can be entertained with the theatrics of it all. No,
seriously, get your high school students involved in the electoral process
at the NHHS
Election Watch '96 Page. You'll find a cool electoral process infographic,
some good questions for discussion and a long list of election links.
Politics/Elections listings for nearly 300 sites on the election.
Other search engines with specific election sites are Infoseek,
(no. 5 on their list - Pat Paulsen for President "Let the young pay
the national debt...they still owe us for food and rent"). Who knows;
maybe someone you teach will someday lead the country with character and
Objective: The student will learn about different cultures' approaches
to the tradtional U.S. Thanksgiving holiday.
Resources: Teacher: Access to several teachers. Students:
Teacher Preparation: Talk to several teachers, asking them to write
a paragraph describing their Thanksgiving holiday, focusing on a particular
food or activity that is traditional for their family, and how that relates
to their ethnic background.
- Share the teacher's descriptions with the class.
- Have a discussion focusing on student's Thanksgiving traditions.
Variations/Options: Teachers could actually visit your class to
share with the class and answer questions; markers could be placed on
a globe indicating students' ancestry; Note: This activity could
be done in the afternoon before the school vacation begins, the time when
students are least focused on school work and thinking mostly about the