Students gain exposure to how citizens organize in response to a need. They observe the benefits of group cooperation. Students review data they have collected from surveys and work in collaborative groups to identify focus areas for the service-learning project.
One 45-Minute Class Period
The learner will:
Students define the service-learning project. They review the data collected to determine the health and safety needs identified by peers and family members. They determine the issue focus and collaborate to plan a project.
Teacher says, "Ladies and Gentlemen, today is decision day. You have performed as excellent collectors of data -- also known as raw information -- and we are now ready to put all the information we have gathered together into a graphic organizer so we can see the big picture and draw conclusions. But first I am going to ask you to turn to a neighbor and talk about the information you collected. You will each have time to tell what you found out when you surveyed your family and community and what surprised you, if anything. I will tell you when the time is up so you will know when to give your partner his or her turn to share. Be good listeners and clear speakers. Decide who will share first." (Pause 10 seconds.) "OK, first person begin."
Students may take home the brainstormed project ideas to share with a parent(s) or trusted adult friend. They may ask an adult to help them think about the value and the challenges they could face with the different project ideas (focus on problem-solving and evaluation of potential outcomes). Make a list to return to school with following day.
Math: Have students convert the completed class graph into a different graphic format. They may compare the tools to determine which type of graph best communicates the type of data collected.
Language Arts: Students write a reflection about the collaboration process. They may write about how this type of process could be used in the community outside of school to address community needs.
Lesson Developed By:Rachel Pacheco
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