Specific Learning Goals
Students will be able to:
- Identify the impact of contemporary resource management on the local environment.
- Understand the ability of individuals and communities to make a positive change on the world around them.
- Collaboratively set goals, strategize, implement, reflect and adapt to create positive change.
- Create a multi-modal text for an authentic audience and engaging purpose.
- Evaluate the connection between local geography, economy, settlement and resource management.
Assignment: Identify an environmental issue in our community or school and work together to make a difference. Submit a video outlining our action to the BC Green Games by March 1, 2012.
Partners: You will be working individually, in pairs and, for the large majority of this project, as a class team.
Time Frame: January to February 2013 (roughly 12 classes / a month) (flexible)
1. BRAINSTORM: As a class, brainstorm and investigate environmental issues in our community and schools. Some broad topics are below (but you are not limited to these). (1 class)
- climate change
- greenhouse gas reduction
- energy conservation
- stewardship and conservation
- sustainable development
2. INVESTIGATE: As an individual or pair, choose one specific issue that interests you and further investigate it. You will need to find and contact key people / organizations in our community or school to better understand the issue. (2 classes)
3. PROPOSE: Write approximately ¾ of a page (12 font, Times Roman, single-spaced) answering the following*:
- What is the problem? How do we know there is a problem (what evidence is there)?
- What causes the problem? What local factors make this problem possible? (e.g. sewage-proximity to ocean)
- What are the possible future effects of the problem?
- What is being done to solve the problem?
- What can we do to help?
- What resources and contacts can help us make a difference?
4. POST: Post your write up along with a relevant picture on our class discussion wall. Include the name(s) of the people / organization(s) you have contacted.
5. CHOOSE & COMMENT: Individually, read through the project proposals on the wall and choose one that you would like to work on as a group. Comment under that proposal specifically stating why it appeals to you and any suggestions you might have at this point (refer to blog commenting rubric). The project most students choose becomes our group project. (1 class)
6. PLAN: As a team, develop an action plan. Identify the problem, clarify our specific goal and time frame and develop our strategy: how are we going to reach our goal within our time frame? Assign roles and jobs. Consider the BC Green Games Criteria. (1-2 classes)
7. IMPLEMENT: Implement our game plan. (6 classes / 2 weeks) (flexible)
8. CREATE: Create a video (max. 3 min) outlining our project and our impact. Consider our audience and purpose. See guidelines. (1-2 classes)
9. SUBMIT: Submit our video by March 1, 2013. Winners are announced in April, 2013.
10. REFLECT: Reflect on the project and our impact. What went well? What can we focus on for next time?
11. VOTE: During March 2013, everyone in BC has an opportunity to watch student submissions to the BC Green Games and vote on those they think are the best.
What are the prizes for the BC Green Games winners?
(All money prizes are to support and sustain action projects.)
1. **BC Green Games judges will choose ten Secondary winners. Each of these winners will receive $1000.
2. BC Green Games judges will choose one Secondary Energy Prize winner. Each of these winners will receive $1000. Projects will be considered for the energy prize if they enter the tag “energy” during project submission.
3. Members of the public will choose the recipients of two “Secondary Viewer’s Choice” awards. Each of these winners will receive $500.
4. Random draw for:
- Cybershot camera
- Handycam camcorder
What will be assessed for this project:
- Project proposal (individual or pairs)
- Discussion Wall Comment (blog commenting rubric)
- Team Work (Self and Peer Evaluation)
- Story Board
- Video (BC GREEN GAMES CRITERIA)
- Impact of Project Reflection (Self & Group Evaluation)
*Modified from http://www.biologycorner.com/projects/ecoproject/index.html
**Taken from http://www.bcgreengames.ca/pdf/bcgreengamesrules.pdf