Do you have five minutes to spare today? Almost everyone can find five minutes of free time in even the busiest of days. And if you can spare just five minutes a day, you can actually help change the world for the better! Here are some examples of “world improvements” you can make in five minutes:
- put all the used cans, jars and bottles in your house into a recycling bin
- look in your closet and find three items of clothing you can donate to charity
- spread a little kindness – hold a door for someone, say a friendly hello, etc.
- go outside and pick up any litter you see in your yard, the schoolyard, etc.
- replace the paper towels in your kitchen with reusable dish towels
- do a quick favor for someone that will make their day easier
This video shows how one group of school students used 5 minutes a day to make their school and their world a little bit better!
- Check out this website to learn ways you can help change the world with acts of kindness!
Topics for Discussion:
- How much good could you and your family do if you each spent five minutes a day on it for a month?
- Why are these five-minute activities so important?
- Besides the activities mentioned in this article, what else can you do in five minutes to help change the world for the better?
- Visit the Give Five for Greener Living website to learn even more ways you can help improve the world in five minutes!
- Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for elementary school students.
- Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for middle school students.