TIP: Depending on the scale of your map, it may be helpful to tell children to name the things and places they can walk to.
3. BUILDING YOUR MAP
Everyone closes their eyes and imagines what it would be like to be a bird flying overhead. On a large piece of paper, the group draws a map of their community. The children work together to glue all the people, animal, and environmental elements to their map. As the pieces come together, discuss how the map becomes a puzzle and that each drawing is an important piece. Guiding questions:
- Where does each animal live on our map? Where do they get their food? Where do they sleep? Does each animal have everything it needs in our community?
- What are some ways that people help each other in our community?
- Why do you think the plants in our community are important? What do you notice about them?
TIP: Help children orient themselves on the map by starting with your current location. Invite children to use their fingers to imagine walking to the different places on their map.
4. CHOOSING A SERVICE PROJECT
Guide children as they reflect on their community map. Begin brainstorming an area of the community where students feel they can make a difference and select a Roots & Shoots project. Guiding questions:
- What do you like about our community?
- Is there anything that you would change about our community?
- Are there any people, or animals, or places that need help in our community?
- What could we do to help our community?