Describe (in detail) what you presented on EARTH Day. Be sure to describe your "hook," your activity, and your "wrap up" in enough detail that next year's groups will be able to use it and improve upon it.
Introduction / Hook
We will present two shirts; asking the students if they have any idea of what the difference is between them. One of the shirts will be regular cotton and the other being organic cotton.
From the look of the shirts, their will be no relative visual difference, but that is when we will transition into our activity, which will show the differences in what goes into the making of regular cotton shirts versus organic cotton shirts.
The premise of our activity is for the students to have a chance to shop for t-shirts, having the choice to buy organic cotton clothing rather than regular cotton clothing.
An assortment of shirts will be set out on the table, and the students will be supplied with imitation money.
Each student will get to pick out a shirt, and when they want to buy they will purchase it with their fake money.
When “checking out” we will make them aware of what type of shirt they bought. In each shirt, their will be a paper saying which type of shirt it is, and an explanation of what went into the production of the shirt. For example, if they were to choose a regular cotton shirt the paper would say, "When making this shirt intense pesticide use occured, which caused pollution to the surrounding groundwater and plants."
If they purchased a regular cotton shirt, we will tell them that in the production of the shirt, the use of pesticides and other chemical agents went into the production of the cotton which poses a threat to the environment. The pesticides not only could have run-off into other plants, but also contaminated other products, such as the food we eat.
If they an organic cotton shirt, we will tell them that no pesticides were used, making the production of them more environmentally friendly and a way to live more environmentally sustainable.
Students will learn that they will have options the next time they go out to purchase new clothes; the option of purchasing organic cotton shirts which don’t put an impediment on our environment.
Wrap Up/ Check for Understanding
After our activity, we presented a poster board that had contemporary styles of clothing that look like what most kids wear today. Most people fear that style will be lost when wearing organic clothing, but with this visual representation of stylish shirts, it takes away this fear.
Reinforce: We will reinforce to students that they have choices in what type of clothing they want to wear to be more environmentally sustainable.
Discuss: They can talk about the value of organic clothing and the success it can pose in moving toward a more sustainably lifestyle, without losing the style they like.
Ask: We will ask them the benefits of organic clothing, and the ways you can find organic clothing in stores.
Action: To spread the word about organic clothing, and tell them to ask their favorite stores to carry more types of organic cotton clothing.
Please describe in detail suggestions you have for improving your presentation if it were to be done in the future.
A suggestion for improving the presentation is to have the activity more visually representatvie. Though it was hands on, I think that if one was to have some sort of visual representation of how pesticides run-off and/or infiltrate the ground, the students would ultimately better understand how pesticides our harmful to us and our environment in the production of cotton.