GRADE 6 CURRICULUM – ADVOCACY/DIRECT ACTION
CHARACTER EDUCATION – Quarters 1-4
PREPARATION – Students are introduced to the service learning program through classroom-based orientations that identify the definition, goals, and best practices for service learning and identify a specific school-based or community character education need for which they will complete the action portion of their service learning project.
ACTION – Students create school-based projects such as weekly announcements, ‘Quotes of the Week’, and bulletin boards that promote the identified character traits. Students also create and implement personal action plans for demonstrating selected character traits at home and in the community.
REFLECTION – Students complete the CCPS Reflection Essay for this project that includes explanation and reflective pieces on continuation of the use these character traits.
GRADE 7 CURRICULUM – ADVOCACY/DIRECT ACTION
SCIENCE – Quarters 2-3
PREPARATION – Students research information on a variety of topics relevant to the grade 7 science curriculum, including local wildlife species and management, overpopulation, global warming, and organic farming. Students and teachers then identify an action project in the local area to address one of the environmental issues discussed in class.
ACTION – Students and teachers make contacts with appropriate agencies, administration, and volunteer groups to develop environmental project. Students follow-through on projects (samples of which are school grounds beautification, recycling, planting of native species, wetlands development, etc.)
REFLECTION – Students complete the CCPS Reflection Essay for this project that includes explanation and reflective pieces on their research and the impact of their actions on the environment.
GRADE 8 CURRICULUM – INDIRECT ACTION/DIRECT ACTION
HEALTH – Quarters 1-4
PREPARATION – Students brainstorm and then research the benefits of not using drugs and alcohol and then choose a main idea that will be stressed for their project. Students also identify what a Public Service Announcement is and its function, and how to write a public service announcement using suggested guidelines.
ACTION – Students work cooperatively to create a public service announcement that would encourage peers to resist alcohol and drug use. Students work with teachers, administrators, and the community to present and display their public service announcements.
REFLECTION – Students complete the CCPS Reflection Essay for this project that includes explanation and reflective pieces on their research and the impact of their actions on the school and community.