An understanding of the Community Action and Problem Solving Process as a whole will help you, as an educator, better understand how each step can help you accomplish your classroom goals. As your students begin the Process, a comprehensive environmental inventory can lead to a well-defined issue to be addressed and, eventually, more focused research.
Use the following tools to:
- Understand where in your curriculum and teaching responsibilities the Process fits best
- Align standards like NGSS and Common Core
- Understand how do prepare your students to engage effectively in a project-based learning experience
- Learn about a variety of inventory methods
- Connect the environmental inventory to your curriculum and standards needs
- Set up an environmental inventory that will lead to a manageable project
This video will help educators think about how to work the Process into what they are already teaching so that they can plan for a seamless integration.
Three keys to a successful Earth Force Inventory: outdoor experiences, expert input, and using multiple methods of gathering data.
Use this video to introduce Earth Force to your students.
Step One Classroom Resources
Background Information on Getting Started with Earth Force
Attributes of an Environmental Citizen
Community Inventory List
Special Considerations for Inventory Methods
Materials and Set-up – Water Quality Monitoring
Why You Need to Ask Why
Identify Cause and Effect Relationships
Step One Classroom Activities: