~ the process ~

To complete the task, here's is what you'll need to do:



Step 1: Brainstorming

As a class, make a "to do" list of actions and materials that would be needed in order to organize the community and beautify the park. 

Sample items could be the following:
  • Assign a target date for the cleanup
  • Post fliers to let the community know about the clean up
  • Who to contact for arranging the event
  • Collect tools for the cleanup
  • and so on...
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Step 2: Dividing up Tasks / Assigning Roles

Look at the general reference chart given below. 
Distribute your tasks
 according to the 4 main sections of the project you have to cover, so that each committee will be responsible for one of them. Each committee will need to research their section in order to determine what actions and materials are needed to complete their tasks. What is listed below is a starting point, please add in anything else that needs to be done.

When we have finished identifying groups and roles, please sign up for one of the below groups that would be most interesting to you.
(5 students per group)

Please keep in mind... even though we will be dividing up into groups, you will at times need to talk between groups to coordinate what you are trying to achieve. 

COMMITTEE
INFORMATION TO GET
RESOURCES
Communication / Media
  -   Who do we want to get involved (residents, schools, government workers like the mayor)?
  -   What are some ways to notify people?
  -   What mediums/materials should we use (fliers, letters, internet)?
  -   What information should we include?
  -   Where should we post our information?
  -   flyer template
Fundraising
  -   What expenses will we have?
  -   Can we get items donated?
  -   Who may donate the items?
  -   What are some ways to raise money?
  -   excel spreadsheet
(for keeping track)
Materials
  -   What do we need to do to beautify the park? (be  reasonable since it will only be one day)
  -   What materials are needed?
  -   How many of each material do we need (estimate)?
  -   Where do we dispose of the garbage?
  -   excel spreadsheet
(for keeping track of materials)
  -   cleanup tools
Project Approval
  -   Who operates the park?
  -   Who do we need to get permission from?
  -   How should we get permission (email, letter,
in-person)?
  -   business letter template
(see an example)


Step 3: Finalizing the Plans


Now that you have done the brainstorming, create a detailed plan on how to accomplish your committee's tasks. When this is complete, present your plan to the class in a powerpoint presentation (going through all the steps). As a class, discuss each committee's plan. Does any aspect of the plan need to be changed? Does anything need to be added / removed? Do you see any problems that might occur or do you have any better recommendations? Is anything being forgotten?

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Step 4: Plans in Action

Begin the process of putting your respective plans into action. If any problems arise, please consult other group members for solutions. When all the planning is complete, it's time for the actual community cleanup day. Wear comfortable clothes and bring all the gear you will need. We will finish out the day with a fun pizza lunch.

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Step 5: Post-cleanup Discussion

As our webquest comes to a close, and we now have a beautiful park to enjoy with our community, our final action is to take a field trip to the revitalized park with our families, and have a fun picnic to enjoy. At this point we will talk about what we learned from our lesson and how it all turned out. Before we go though, please visit our class blog and enter in your thoughts on this entire process.

Blog questions are the following:

  • Did you enjoy working on this webquest? Why?
  • What types of things could have made it better?
  • How successful was the event?
  • Did it help you to appreciate your community? Please explain
  • Did it change your feelings toward the community you live in? how so?


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