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Are you puzzled by some of the problems you see in the community? Students discuss the issues and discover how they can be part of the solution with this simple activity!
While communities across the country are diverse and unique, they can be improved in some way. Every single person can contribute something positive to help his or her town and neighbors.
Ask students what can be improved about the community in which they live? Do they know who is making a difference in their community? What role can they play if no one takes action?
Show that every student in your class is needed to build a better community by making a large class puzzle.
Roll out a large sheet of craft paper, and carefully cut puzzles pieces for each student in the class.
On your puzzle piece, use Crayola Slick Stix™ to draw what you will do to help your community. Will you volunteer at an animal shelter? Or maybe you can organize a fundraiser to benefit reading programs at the local library? Slick Stix contain pigments that may stain clothing, fabrics and other household surfaces. Wear a smock to protect clothing and cover the work surface with recycled newspaper.
Put the class puzzle together and display for the school to see! What did students pledge to do? How will the community benefit if every person carries out his or her pledge?
Make change in the community! Create a symbolic coin that showcases a pledge to make your town a better place to live.
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