A community action project asks students to deeply explore one issue or problem in the community (locally, nationally or globally), a problem that they identify through research, questioning and observation. Students brainstorm solutions to the issue or problem, develop a plan of action, and act! Their goal is to make a positive, long-term impact on the community. It's an awesome mix of service learning, problem-based learning and project-based learning.
There are a variety of ways to make positive change including giving time/volunteering, raising money for a cause, advocating for legislation, and educating or raising awareness. This product includes all of the guiding materials necessary to accomplish such an important learning experience.
Community action projects could easily be aligned to standards and incorporated into a specific subject, or they could be the entire course. Projects should be expected to take anywhere from 4-6 weeks. The range depends on how much classroom time you dedicate to the projects, how many projects students have going on at one time, which brainstorming activities you implement, skill level, age level, etc.
Community action projects result in meaningful learning experiences and opportunities for self-reflection and growth. They teach important social-emotional skills such as empathy and self-reliance. They help students build important life and career skills such as home-maintenance and networking. Most importantly, community action projects give students the tools to make a positive impact on the community long after they have completed the project, finished the class, or graduated from school.
1) Project introduction Google Presentation
3) Project topic brainstorming activities
4) Brainstorming activity supplemental materials
5) Two project proposal templates (1 - research the issue, 2- take action)
6) Exploring solutions activity
7) Rubric 1: teacher-created rubric for project part 1 - researching the issue
8) Rubric 2: student-created rubric template for project part 2 - taking action
9) Category and levels of mastery word banks for student-generated rubrics
10) Daily check-in form
11) Project reflection guide sheet
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