More and more these days we are hearing celebrate yourself, worry about what you need, do what makes you happy. In a world where everyone is putting their needs first how do you teach students the importance of thinking of others? How do we model to our children individualism needs to be paired with a healthy dose of empathy? The 6th grade history teachers are taking this very concept and playing it out for students in the classroom.
Students are learning to connect emerging civilizations to modern day food deserts (a place where healthy affordable food is hard to obtain). The students started the unit by analyzing maps of Nashville to find the food deserts and then simulated the walk a person must take to bring groceries home. They filled a grocery bag with a gallon of water and canned goods and walked a mile around the track. “This is a great example of how service learning can help enhance what they are already doing in their classes (learning about how civilizations emerged and what challenges they faced) and give students exposure to a connected modern day issue, ” Hayley Brantley, 6th grade history.
This will then connect to the 6th grade’s Second Harvest project where they collect and box canned goods in November and December.