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
- Connect the environmental inventory to your curriculum and standards needs
- Understand how to prepare your students to engage effectively in a project-based learning experience
- Learn about a variety of inventory methods, and the types we recommend
Helpful Step 1 Videos
Get a brief overview of Step One of the Community Action and Problem-Solving Process.
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
Getting to the Root Issue:
The 5 Whys Method of Questioning: Why You Need to Ask Why
Identifying Cause and Effect Relationships
Cause and Effect- Example and Organizer
Cause and Effect Tree: An Exercise in Root Cause Analysis
FILLABLE PDF Version: Cause and Effect Tree