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Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Civics, Art, Climate Action

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Future in the Bag Community Action Guide

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  • This guide will help students develop a reusable shopping bag swap station for a grocery local store. 
  • Students will learn about the environmental impacts of single-use plastic bags and single-use plastic bag legislation. 
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  • This is a community action guide that will help teachers and students create and implement a local reusable bag program.
  • The guide contains reading material on single-use plastics.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Teachers will need to allocate an appropriate amount of time for planning and putting this project into action.
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  • Schools could use this resource for a school-wide Earth Day service project.
  • Art classes could design and decorate reusable bags.
  • This is a "low floor, high ceiling" project as the basic idea of creating a reusable bag station is fairly simple, but the work can be taken further into areas such as public policy.
  • Civics classes could read about bag legislation and discuss how legislation works on the community, state, and national levels.
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This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-3 Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 4: Taking Informed Action
      • D4.7.6-8 Assess their individual and collective capacities to take action to address local, regional, and global problems, taking into account a range of possible levers of power, strategies, and potential outcomes.
      • D4.7.3-5 Explain different strategies and approaches students and others could take in working alone and together to address local, regional, and global problems, and predict possible results of their actions.
      • D4.7.9-12 Assess options for individual and collective action to address local, regional, and global problems by engaging in self-reflection, strategy identification, and complex causal reasoning.
    • Dimension 2: Civics
      • D2.Civ.13.9-12 Evaluate public policies in terms of intended and unintended outcomes, and related consequences.
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