Mary uses her experience to blend the Virginia state learning standards and the Earth Force Community Action and Problem Solving Process. Below you will find lessons that support students in solving real-world problems using science standards.


Step 1: Discovery – students must first understand the strengths and issues within their community. Use the Inventory Student Guide to support students in finding a topic to investigate.

  • Add an Experiment Write Up – to assess student understanding on data collection and analysis. Read more on how to incorporate this assessment piece here (BLOG HERE).

Step 2: Selection – students will then select one topic to attempt to solve. Use the Topic Selection activity to support students in understanding how to use criteria voting to use student-led democratic process.

Step 3: Research – using the data from the inventory process students will research whether the issue is caused by the policies or the human practices. Use the Policy and Practice Lesson to get your student started with this research. Then use the Policy and Practice Assessment to test their understanding of the standards at the end of this step.

Step 4: Decide – allow students to work with stakeholders and experts to decide on a strategy to solve their issue. Use the Contacting Stakeholders Instructions and Stakeholder Mentor Text to support students in working with community members to find a solution. Then use the Stakeholder Assessment to test their understanding of the standards at the end of this step.

Step 5Act – through the action process each student should match their strength to an action project to help implement the solution. 

Step 6Conclude – students share and reflect on their Action Projects.