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Communities Unit


COMMUNITIES UNIT: Stewardship in the Context of the Natural World

Enduring Understanding

There is a diversity of interconnected communities that people are part of, and by working together, we can have a positive impact on them.

Unit Objectives/
Knowledge & Skills

My Connection to the Natural World

Explain their personal connection within the natural world.

My Connection to Cultural Community

Explain their personal connection within a cultural community.

Our Action as a Community

Demonstrate the ability to communicate, problem solve, plan, and make decisions within a group.

Assessment Examples

(What would provide evidence of learning?)

Essential Questions 

(What are the big ideas?)

  • How is being alone outside different from being in a group?
  • Choose one word to describe your experience and explain.
  • In what ways did you feel connected to this ecosystem?
  • How did you feel and where else have you felt that way?
  • What did you see that you’ve seen in your neighborhood?
  • What plants live near your home or school?
  • What did you observe with your senses?
  • What songs or stories does your family tell when you are together?
  • What is a fun and safe way to explore nature with others?
  • What communities are you part of? What is your role?
  • What is a community? Why are they important?
  • Who are you connected to in your life and how does it impact you?
  • How do our cultures and histories impact how we interact? 
  • What strengths do you bring to a group?
  • How did (planning, communication, etc.) help you achieve your goal?
  • How are task and goal different and why are they important?
  • What communities are you part of?
  • What did you learn this week that can be used at school and at home?
  • How has your understanding of community changed?
  • How and where can these skills benefit you in life?


Relevant Journal Pages

  • People and Ecosystems pg. 33
  • IslandWood Food System pg. 35
  • People and Ecosystems pg. 33
  • Blakely Cemetery Historical Research pg. 36
  • Welcome to IslandWood pg. 1
  • Teamwork pg. 2

SOP Expectations

  • AIR and STS can fulfill multiple objectives depending on the focus of the session. 

This is an opportunity for students to engage across boundaries and see past their biases as they connect with theirs and others' humanities.

  • Community agreement started on Arrival Day 
  • Team building done daily.

Humans occupy a unique place on earth: we are hybrids of nature and culture. We have the privilege of sentience, and we are deliberative moral agents. We have been granted the ability to choose a good life, and we have freedom and awareness. Recognizing these abilities, however, renders us responsible for what we are doing to our Earth. Taking care of the Earth is our duty to each other, and our duty to our home, our life support system. Humans exist on Earth as both subject and object. Therefore, stewardship arises out of our ethical obligation to be held accountable for the actions that affect our biological needs, as well as our interactions with others. It is important that we see ourselves for our vitality, not just for our individuality. When we see ourselves as separate from the rest of the world, we open ourselves up to the opportunity for its exploitation and destruction. Understanding the complex interactions within and between communities, both human and natural, is a vital component not only of effective stewardship, but also for the cooperation and survival of humanity.