Elementary School

Challenge Process

In this section, you will find a detailed, step-by-step explanation of the Challenge Process and suggested time needed to complete each of the five steps. This section includes video and web resources to help students and suggestions for working with your class. Within each step, sample projects are cited, so you can see what the outcomes for each step might look like.

It's important to note that these projects are not meant to take more than a few weeks to a few months at the most. You have the flexibility to spend as much or as little time on each step as necessary for the project your class chooses to implement. We suggest that you review the entire process before introducing the Challenge to students so that you can guide them to select projects that will help them become true Agents of Change!

There are five steps in the Challenge and the application is set up for you to record what happens in each step.

Step 1: Learn

You and your students may choose to learn about one or more aspects of the environment.

Step 2: Plan

Your class determines a focus for their effort and develops a plan to make the change.

Step 3: Act

Your class implements the plan and records data that demonstrates a change occurred.

Step 4: Share & Extend

You and your class evaluate the project—what worked, what you would change—and make suggestions for others who would like to try a similar project.

Step 5: Reflect

This is a teacher-only step. You will share information about the topic chose, the problem and solution implementation, what the class learned, and what you would do differently.

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