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Making a Lasting Difference

This modelling the tools is incorporated into critical challenges at grades 2 and 3, however, it can be adapted for use at all grade levels.



The Modelling the Tools lessons can be used for a range of grade levels. This chart contains the learner outcomes for Grade 3. Check the current program of studies when using this lesson sequence with other grades.

Criteria for Evaluation
Students provide evidence of their learning as they:

Related Learner Outcomes

  • recommend class project and its plan

Specific Outcome

  • In what ways can individuals and groups contribute to positive change in the world?


Specific Outcome 3.S.1.2

  • Students will choose and justify a course of action

Specific Outcome 3.S.4.2

  • Students will support proposed ideas, strategies and options with facts and reasons
  • participate in class project

Specific Outcome 3.S.5.1

  • Students will demonstrate cooperative behaviour to ensure that all members of the group have an opportunity to participate

Specific Outcome 3.S.6.1

  • Students will participate in projects that improve or meet the particular needs of their school or community
  • evaluate effectiveness of project

Specific Outcome

  • Students will recognize how their actions might affect people elsewhere in the world and how the actions of others might affect them

Assessment for Learning (Formative)
Formative assessment provides opportunities for students to receive feedback. Formative feedback is used solely to help students improve their performance.

Observe while students complete Things We Can Do and Short Term or Long Lasting? and provide coaching to students who appear to have difficulty distinguishing between short-term and long-lasting.

The graphic organizer Here's How I Know can be used to help students who may need more support in working with Class Contributions.

As students begin to work together on the class project, provide the self-reflection tool Working Together to Make a Difference. Encourage students to review the criteria as a reminder of what effective participation looks like. This tool can also be used in conjunction with teacher observation to provide evidence of student attainment of the learner outcomes for participation in the class project 3.S.5.1 and recorded in the rubric.

Assessment of Learning (Summative)
Summative assessment takes place after instruction and after students have had a chance to practice and receive feedback on their work. Summative assessment provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate what they know and can do.

The Rubric for Making a Lasting Difference can be used to evaluate student work on My Recommendation as well as for participation in and evaluation of the actual project.

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Last updated: July 1, 2014 | (Revision History)
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