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3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th


Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Civics

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Mind Mapping

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  • This quick activity will get students thinking about the assets in their communities and what they can do to help the people, animals, and environment around them.
Teaching Tips


  • This activity is a great way to get students thinking about their community and what they can do to improve it.
  • This activity can be scaled up into a large project, or it can be used as a quick brainstorming activity.
  • The resource provides links to extension activities, such as a guide for putting the plan into action and instructions for making a community map.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be able to distinguish between human, animal, and environmental assets (a list is included on the worksheet).
  • The printable PDF mind map is titled "Printable Activity Guide" and is linked under the list of Compassionate Traits Practiced.


  • Cross-curricular connections could be made in language arts classes while reading or writing about the environment or community.
  • This activity would be a great way for older students to start a lesson or unit.
  • Teachers with younger students could use the activity to assess learning at the end of a lesson or unit.
  • To extend this activity, consider having your class create a giant mind map with poster paper and art supplies to display.
Scientist Notes
This resource is effective to guide students to mind map critical assets that can be beneficial to humans, animals, and the environment and how they can be protected. This is recommended for teaching.
  • Science and Engineering
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • K-ESS3-3 Communicate solutions that will reduce the impact of humans on the land, water, air, and/or other living things in the local environment.
      • 4-ESS3-2 Generate and compare multiple solutions to reduce the impacts of natural Earth processes on humans.
      • MS-ESS3-3 Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
  • Social Studies
    • Geography
      • Geography 1: Students understand the nature and basic ideas of geography by using maps and globes to identify local and distant places and locations, directions (including N, S, E, and W), and basic physical, environmental, and cultural features.
      • Geography 1 (D2): Students understand the geography of the community, Maine, the United States, and various regions of the world, and geographic influences on life in the past, present, and future by describing the impact of change on the physical and cultural environment.
      • Geography 2 (F1): Students understand geographic aspects of unity and diversity in Maine, the United States, and various world cultures, including Maine Native Americans, by explaining how geographic features have impacted unity and diversity in Maine, the United States, and other nations.
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