LACE is a set of culminating activities that educators can effortlessly tie into their current curriculum practices. LACE offers the necessary resources for educators to implement standard-based lessons which coincide with ChicoBag® fundraising opportunities. These real-world strategies provide students with the tools they need in order to take action within their community through awareness, research and dialogue. These lessons can aid in reducing the negative impact plastics have on our environment and supports the notion of using reusable bags, as opposed to plastic bags.
LACE offers students engaging lessons that provide them with the necessary skills
they need in order to meet state and national standards. These activities also provide
students the opportunity to go beyond national and state standards by giving them
the ability to use what they have learned, in order to begin taking action within
their community. The LACE curriculum is created in a flexible manner which provides
educators the opportunity to incorporate all or some of the real-world strategies
which they feel meet the needs of their learners. The flexibility of the lessons
gives educators the advantage of using what they feel is effective not only in regards
to their students' achievement, but also aids in managing what lessons educators
choose to use based on their availability of instructional time.
Read LACE rationale, standards and objectives.
Students receive an introduction to environmental concerns by watching movies, reading
and discussing articles, and studying fact sheets that provide information about
the North Pacific Gyre, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and the negative impact
plastics have on our environment.
Introduce the lesson by showing your students one of the videos or articles below.
After your students have finished watching the video or reading the article, create
dialogue in your classroom about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
These fact sheets include facts presented in the above articles. Provide these
facts to your students as review about plastic bags and our environment.
Students conduct classroom, school, or family audits, gathering data that aids them in attaining a greater understanding about the use of plastics in their community. Using the worksheets below, have students gather and analyze their data. You can include all or some of the worksheets based on your students' needs.
Once your students have gathered and analyzed their data, have them start to think about ways they can begin to create awareness within their community. "What can we do as a class to reduce the amount of plastic bags used in our community?" Write your students' ideas on the board or on a large piece of butcher paper.
Students create a fundraising pitch to use while they are selling ChicoBag®
brand reusable bags and/or construct an awareness poster to place around campus.
Introduce this lesson by explaining to your students the importance of awareness.
Explain to them how they can positively contribute to reducing the use of plastic
bags by taking action. Using the worksheets below, have students create a fundraising
statement or poster.
Students take action by selling ChicoBag® brand reusable bags (fundraising),
starting a recycling program at their school, starting an environmental club, communicating
with local businesses and city officials, or by discovering other effective methods
in reducing waste in their classroom, home, school, or community. After completing
all or some of the activities above, have students use the knowledge they have attained
to take action locally using one or more of the suggestions listed in the take action