Blue Sky Envisioning Activity

Grade Level: 
PreK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Keywords: 
Comprehension and Collaboration
Needs Assessment
Problem Solving
Self Interest
Social/Cultural Issues
Talent
Guide your students to imagine a better world with this group envisioning activity, and then discuss first steps they can take.

Blue Sky is a visioning exercise that guides participants in identifying what they care about and imagining a better world. Participants are asked to take a look at their group, neighborhood, community, state, nation, and/or the world. They reflect on the way it is and then imagine the way they would like it to be. This activity encourages empathy, compassion, and self-expression. It also helps participants learn to react to a negative situation with a positive action.

Materials:

  • student copies of the Blue Sky Activity Worksheet below (or blue paper)
  • crayons/markers/colored pencils
  • optional: old magazines, scissors, and glue/paste (if doing a collage)

Activity:

  • Discuss the meaning of the term community as it relates to the participants’ experiences (home, school, friends, neighborhood, city, state, country, and world).
  • Ask participants to identify what is good about their “community” and what they would like to see improved or changed (prompt discussion with local issue areas of concern, if needed--environment, justice, hunger, schools). Create a chart to fill in as the group discusses: 

       What Is Good About Our Community?       What Can Be Improved or Changed?

 

  • Ask students to think about what issue areas they care most about.
  • Give each person the Blue Sky Activity Worksheet or a piece of blue paper.
  • Invite participants to portray their ideal world with their issue area repaired. "What would the world look like in ten years with this issue repaired?" This is what the world/community could look like if everyone worked together. They may write, draw, color, paint, or create collages on their paper.
  • When the participants are finished, allow each person time to share their creation with the group and talk about why they want this vision.

Reflection and Next Steps

  • Record their ideas on a display board, and ask them to identify and reflect on some of the recurring themes. This can be helpful in identifying the group’s interest areas for planning service projects.
  • As a group, discuss first steps or ideas on how to work toward the visions. 
  • You may discuss possible challenges in achieving “the ideal,” but focus on what tiny steps we can take right now. This may include the following:
  1. meet with nonprofits,
  2. investigate needs,
  3. tell others about the issue or things they can do,
  4. volunteer,
  5. change habits, or
  6. collect resources to help others. 
  • Share your ideas on social media. Take pictures of students holding their illustrations of their visions. Tell what first step they will take together. 

Extension:

  • Use the planning tool below to help you connect learning and service around the issues your students care about. Find Learning to Give lessons related to your planning: use search terms related to academic or philanthropy goals, service project ideas, issues, or community resources. 
  • Combine the Blue Sky illustrations into a large collage or “quilt.” The collage or quilt may remain on display for the entire school year, so it may be used for future service-learning planning or as a reference during a year-end celebration.
  • Later in the year, ask participants to look at the ideas generated and assess how they are doing on the identified issues.
  • Periodically check out which issues the group has addressed and which issues are still important and need to be addressed.

  • Share progress on social media to celebrate what you're doing and join with others who have similar Blue Sky visions. Use #LTGBlueSky or #Teach1