Materials List: poster paper
Engage the students in discussions about community problems. Have students create a list of problems, then vote on two problems to focus on. Use direct instruction to provide students with sufficient information about the problem to ensure that they can complete the assignment. Invite a community representative to discuss the problems and provide possible solutions.
Assign committees of three or four students to create a poster that captures the central theme associated with one problem (e.g., pollution and its impact on area wildlife). Ask committee members to include textual information and pictures illustrating the problem. The students should describe how the actions of individuals and groups can improve the community. Ask students to explain how their poster could help solve the community problem by making people aware of the community’s needs.