The Expo Experience--Step Five: Create and Run Solution

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In this lesson, students complete all necessary aspects of the service-learning presentation. Students present their proposal at a community expo. From these proposal presentations, the class votes on their favorite service-learning project and this becomes the project the whole class carries out. 

PrintFive 45-Minute Sessions

The learner will:

  • participate in necessary mini-lessons to fulfill "need to knows."
  • complete a budget for the service-learning project.
  • complete a service-learning plan.
  • collaborate with group members to complete their service-learning plan presentations.
  • present their service-learning plan to members of the community during a service-learning expo.
  • display copy of Handout One for discussion of what students must complete in this lesson
  • student copies of Handout Two: Critical Friends
Home Connection 

Invite family members and community members to participate in the Community Expo as viewers (and it is up to the students whether the guests may have voting privileges).


YouTube videos:

Miss South Carolina answers why US students don't have map skills:

Carl Lewis botches the National Anthem: 


  1. Anticipatory set:

    Show the following YouTube videos of humorous, botched presentations to help work out the jitters for students.

    Miss South Carolina answers why US students don't have map skills:

    Carl Lewis botches the National Anthem:

  2. Set a date for a community expo at which students will present their proposal and the group votes on the projects they will carry out. Invite members of the community, families, and other staff/students to the expo.

  3. Give some students the assignment of creating an invitation/phone script/email for the expo.

  4. Decide as a group who to invite to the event, and divide up the responsibility for inviting people to the event. Send out the invitations or call the guests.

  5. Give the student groups work time in class to complete their service-learning plan and presentation. The plan should include a detailed budget, if money is involved. This may take 3-5 class periods.

  6. Teach mini-workshops to students, as needed, for the skills and content they "need to know" to complete their plan and presentation.

  7. Teach the students the "critical friends" process as a method for getting feedback on their presentations. The group selects 2-4 students to act as "critical friends." Each critical friend has a copy of Handout Two: Critical Friends. As the critical friends observe a practice performance, they write down things they like and things they wonder. They give this to the group to help them edit and improve their presentation/performance before the expo.

  8. At the expo, student groups present their service-learning proposal.

  9. After all of the performances, students vote on the service-learning project(s) they want to carry out this year. The project may be carried out by the class or the school.

  10. Before the voting, tell the students that they should select the project based on the following criterea: addresses a need, can be done in the time alotted, is within a budget, sounds fun/interesting/creative.


Students present their service-learning proposal at a community expo. Students should be prepared to answer questions from students, teachers, parents, and community members in regards to their service-learning idea. The teacher uses the rubric provided in Lesson Two: Righteous Rubrics to evaluate the student presentations. The selected service-learning projects will be performed by all of the students.

Cross Curriculum 

Following the presentations of all the student plans, students will vote to select the project(s) to implement. The class/school will then implement one or more of these projects as time allows during the school year.

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.IV Volunteering and Service
    1. Standard VS 01. Needs Assessment
      1. Benchmark MS.1 Identify a need in the school, local community, state, nation, or world.
      2. Benchmark MS.2 Research the need in the school, neighborhood, local community, state, nation, or world.
    2. Standard VS 02. Service and Learning
      1. Benchmark MS.1 Select a service project based on interests, abilities and research.
    3. Standard VS 03. Providing Service
      1. Benchmark MS.3 Describe the task and the student role.
      2. Benchmark MS.4 Demonstrate the skills needed for the successful performance of the volunteer job.
    4. Standard VS 04. Raising Private Resources
      1. Benchmark MS.2 Develop a project budget.
      2. Benchmark MS.3 Develop a service plan.
    5. Standard VS 05. Integrating the Service Experience into Learning
      1. Benchmark MS.3 Identify outcomes from the service.