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3e International Goes Green

March, 2011
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At 3e International, the first graders are learning about the environment and ways to help save our Earth.

The unit “Going Green” promotes several issues and ideas to help these first graders understand what is happening around the world. They first started learning about the Earth and the importance of recycling. Within that lesson, they discovered how much waste is hurting our Earth and the significance of keeping our planet healthy. They discovered the oceans take up three-fourths of the Earth and land takes up a fourth. However, only about an eighth of the land supports habitable land. Within that, only a small fraction supports food growth and an even smaller fraction of that contains drinkable water. The first graders seemed shocked to see the small portion of the Earth that is available for us to grow food, live, and drink water. They quickly realized how crucial it was to keep our Earth clean and healthy.

The kids were split into groups to think of ways to help out Earth –ways to “Go Green.” Discussions were held about recycling and they researched alarming facts about our planet, such as: “If all our newspaper was recycled, we could save about 250 million trees each year.” These first graders made boxes for each classroom in the school and presented information about recycling and ways the other students can “Go Green.”

A tree is now set up in 3e’s lobby, where we will see how ‘green’ our school can be. Each time a teacher or student sees someone ‘going green’ and helping our Earth, their name and the ‘going green’ action is added to a leaf and placed on our tree. We hope this habit of recycling will continue in the coming years at 3e. How green can you go? 

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