Challenge Three Exemplary Lesson


The Challenge


Find a disappearing habitat in your community and work to protect it.


Guiding Questions

Guiding questions should be generated by the students and represent the knowledge students need to discover to successfully meet the challenge.

Examples of guiding questions that students might generate for the above challenge include those below.


What is a habitat?

What is threatening that habitat and why?

What could be done to prevent further destruction of the habitat?


Additional examples of possible guiding questions students might ask related to this challenge can be downloaded from the link on the bottom of this page.

Guiding Activities

During this stage, student teams seek to find answers to the guiding questions related to their challenge by participating in a variety of learning activities, conducting research, conducting experiments, interviewing, and exploring different methods and routes to obtain an optimal solution. The activities can be student-directed, whole group, or individual, depending on the topic and the need.

The goal of this stage is for students to gain a solid foundation on which to develop their solution. These activities set the foundation for students to develop innovative, insightful, and realistic solutions.

Examples of "Guiding Activities" for the Challenges  included in this exhibit  can be accessed from the sidebar on the left side of this page. These activities are provided as examples from which educators can choose the one or ones appropriate to the challenge they choose to use with their students.

Guiding Resources

This focused set of resources can include podcasts, websites, videos, databases, experts, and other resources that support the activities and assist students with developing a solution.

Examples of "Guiding Resources can be accessed from the sidebar on the right side of this page.

Exemplary Solutions

Each challenge is broad enough to allow for a variety of Solutions. Each solution generated by students should be thoughtful, concrete, actionable, clearly articulated, and presented in a publishable multimedia format such as an enhanced podcast or short video.

While students should generate their own solutions, other possible solutions are listed below.

As students investigate a local habitat, they can determine what is threatening that habitat. In addition, they can learn what can be done to protect that habitat and prevent further destruction. Using the information gained from the resources and activities they conducted, students can then take action to remedy the problem, becoming involved in local initiatives and organizations involved in activities that are relevant to the issue. Students can also take action by doing one of these:

  • Create a digital public service announcement (PSA) video or podcast to explain what is happening and what can be done to mitigate it, inspiring others to also take action.
  • Create a brochure to be distributed at school outlining why this habitat is disappearing and how the school can protect it.
  • Create a Keynote or PowerPoint presentation outlining why this habitat is disappearing and what can be done to protect it, then present it to a larger community with the goals of educating them about the issue so they can also take action to alleviate the threat.
  • Write an article for the school newspaper outlining why this habitat is disappearing and what can be done to protect it.
  • Create a podcast outlining why this habitat is disappearing and what can be done to protect it.
  • Create a video documentary with iMovie (or another video program) outlining why this habitat is disappearing and what can be done to protect it.

Assessment and Publishing

"Standards and  Assessment" information and other related information can be accessed from the sidebar on the left side of this page.

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Julene Reed,
Oct 15, 2012, 1:41 PM