4th Grade Environmental Lesson Plan Example

Topic: Social Action Projects

Objectives & Outcomes

  • Students will be able to understand the concept of social action and how it can be used to improve the lives of others.
  • Students will be able to come up with their own social action project to help their community.


  • Handouts on the concept of social action and how it can be used to improve the lives of others
  • Glue sticks
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencils


  • Begin the lesson by asking students what they know about social action and social causes. Write their responses on the board.
  • Next, explain that social action is when people work together to solve social problems and improve the lives of others.

Direct Instruction

  • Introduce the topic of environmental social action. Explain that people can take action to protect the environment and improve the lives of people who are affected by environmental issues.
  • Use the handouts to discuss different environmental problems and social action projects related to the environment.
  • Discuss the importance of considering the needs of the community and stakeholders when coming up with a social action project.

Guided Practice:

  • Divide the class into small groups.
  • Give each group a specific environmental issue to research, such as water pollution or wildlife conservation.
  • Have the groups brainstorm ideas for a social action project related to their topic.
  • Help the groups narrow down their ideas and come up with a specific plan for their social action project.

Independent Practice:

  • Have students work on their social action projects in small groups.
  • Encourage students to communicate with each other and work together to accomplish their projects.
  • Provide guidance and assistance as needed.


  • Have each group present their social action project to the class.
  • Ask the class to provide feedback and support to the groups.
  • Ask the class to think about how they can get involved in their own social action projects.
  • Ask the class to consider how their social action projects can make a difference in their community.


  • Observe the students during the 'brainstorming and planning' stage of the project, looking for understanding of the concept of social action and an ability to come up with a practical and achievable project.
  • Evaluate the social action projects completed by the students, considering their potential impact and the students' ability to execute the project.

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