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Earth Force


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


Science, Social Studies, Civics

Resource Types

  • Activity - Classroom
  • Videos, 4 minutes, 53 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Worksheets


Google Docs, Google Sheets, YouTube Video

Decide: Step 4 - Goal and Strategy Selection

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  • In this activity, students collectively select the goals they would like to achieve and choose a way to address the environmental challenge selected.
  • Students design and determine strategies for reaching the goals in a realistic manner. 
Teaching Tips


  • There are many exemplars given that can be reviewed with students.
  • This activity relies heavily on students learning how to make collective decisions democratically and it provides many resources for teaching students how to do this.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Review the resources linked to gain additional ideas for implementing this activity.


  • This is one step in a larger problem-solving process that can be applied to many subjects and classes. 
  • 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 step. 
  • Guide younger students through the process and determine the best method for privately voting on the criteria.
  • It includes a Google Doc resource specifically about justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion that can be utilized in social studies classes.
Scientist Notes
The resource presents a logical method of identifying specific issues to change and make viable goals. This is a valid concept and this resource is recommended for teaching.
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    • 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.
      • SL.9-10.1 Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on topics, texts, and issues, listening actively, and building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
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