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6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Social Studies, Civics, Health

Resource Types

  • Activity - Classroom
  • Videos, 3 minutes, 5 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Worksheets


Google Docs, Google Sheets, YouTube Video

Decide: Step 2 - Issue Selection

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  • In this activity, students work collaboratively to choose an environmental problem in the community that they want to solve.
  • This is designed to be Step 2 in a larger community-action and problem-solving process that helps students determine what they would like to work on.
Teaching Tips


  • The website for this activity includes a video showing students engaged in this process and several tools to help students with the selection process.

Additional Prerequisites

  • There is no lesson plan given for this activity, so you will need to construct one using the given resources.
  • Review the decision-making options ahead of time and either choose one for your students to use, or work with your students to pick one.


  • This resource can be helpful to students when learning how to work collaboratively, think critically, and evaluate a number of options or choices.
  • Younger students should be guided through the process, while older students could be grouped with assigned duties to carry out the process.
  • If doing the full process, be sure to have students continue to gather their work in a project portfolio for use in the final reflection in the last steps.
Scientist Notes
This is about a democratic means of selecting issues and prioritizing the ones relevant to study. This appears scientific using an issue selection grid (issue:criteria) method as it can be replicated elsewhere. There is no misconception, resource is valid and recommended for teaching.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • SL.6.2 Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.
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