Present the critical task for students to complete individually: Recommend a class project that would make a lasting contribution
to the environment around our school or community.
Explain that students are to recommend one of the projects listed
in Class Contributions for the class to complete. Distribute
copies of My
Recommendation and ask students to draw a picture of
their choice, describe it in words and then explain why it meets
the identified criteria. (A space is left for students to add a
fourth criterion, if desired.)
Direct students, if they have not already done so, to indicate
previously assigned number of their proposed project. Post numbers
around the room to
represent the number of possible projects and ask students to display
their drawing beneath the appropriate number. Invite students to
discuss with those who share the same recommendation why their project
should be adopted by the class. You may want to help students who
are alone in their recommendation to formulate reasons why their
choice is a good one. Invite a representative from each group to
explain the reasons for its recommendation to the rest of the class.
Discuss with the class how a final decision about the class project
or projects should be made; e.g., majority vote, group consensus,
blind pick from among the top contenders. Select a method and determine
which project(s) the class will undertake.