Healthy Soil, Healthy Land

Use this lesson as an introduction to Challenge 1: Land in the Lexus Eco Challenge

Directions: Provide a response to each of the following questions. Organize your answers in the same order as the questions listed below in a Microsoft Word document. Have the team's teacher advisor submit the action plan online at www.scholastic.com/lexus.

 

PART 1: WHAT'S THE ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUE?

  1. Describe the environmental topic your team will address.
  2. What local community issue within this topic did your team select?
  3. Why is this issue important to your team?

Worksheet: Choosing the Right Topic (PDF)

 

PART 2: WHAT'S YOUR PLAN?

  1. Describe your team's goals for this project.
  2. Describe the step-by-step actions you plan to take to meet each of the goals outlined above.
  3. List the specific responsibilities of each team member toward achieving these goals?
  4. How will you measure success?
  5. How will you quantify impact? (e.g., by tallying how many gallons of water were saved, by tracking how many cans were recycled.)

Worksheet: Planning and Teamwork (PDF)

 

PART 3: YOUR PLAN IN ACTION: HOW DID YOU IMPLEMENT YOUR IDEAS?

  1. Describe how your team put its plan into action. What did you do?
  2. Did you organize a school event to raise awareness of the issue?
  3. Was the community involved? If yes, how?
  4. How did you get the word out? Did you use the materials provided to create and distribute press releases, develop a website or blog, etc.?

Worksheet: Creating an Action Plan (PDF)

 

PART 4: EVALUATE YOUR PLAN: WHAT ARE THE RESULTS?

  1. In what ways was your plan successful?
  2. What challenges did you face and how could your plan have been improved?
  3. What positive outcomes were achieved from your implementing this plan? (e.g., raised awareness in your community, your team's actions paved the way for others to bring about future changes.)
  4. What quantifiable impact did you have?
  5. What did you learn from this experience?

Worksheet: Beyond the Action Plan (PDF)
                    Reaching Out (PDF)

 

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