Community Consciousness

This unit is designed to provide opportunities for haumāna to strengthen their relationship with places and communities that hold significance to them and strive to improve the well-being of such places. With an emphasis on building community consciousness, students will analyze multiple perspectives of various community stakeholders in order to make informed decisions about what kinds of actions help our lāhui to thrive.
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Standards Aligned

Next Generation Science Standards, Social Studies (C3), Common Core Math, Common Core ELA, Other (see Unit)

Community Partner(s)

There are multiple community partners that educators can engage with to bring the principles of this advocacy-based unit to life. For example, partnering with the school cafeteria or food service system can provide opportunities for students to learn about sustainable food production and the importance of food justice. Local food sustainability organizations can also be valuable partners, offering opportunities for students to learn about issues relating to food insecurity and sustainability in their own communities. 

Essential Question

How can I become an informed community member to advocate for the well-being of the ʻāina and lāhui?

Enduring Understanding

  • Students understand that we share a kuleana to improve the well-being of the ʻāina and lāhui.
  • Students understand that their efforts can make a difference in their community.
    • Members of society have a responsibility to be informed so they can take action.
  • Students understand that when our ʻāina thrives, our lāhui thrives.
  • Students understand that it’s critical to be open minded and understand perspectives other than their own.
    • Multiple and opposing perspectives are essential to making informed decisions.

Learner Level Elementary

Primary Content Cultural Knowledge, Social Studies, Engineering