Just Five Minutes a Day…….


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!

Additional Resources:

  • 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?

Take Action:

  • 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!

Teacher Features:

  • 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.


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