Unit Overview 

A positive school climate is made up of people making choices about how to act and treat one another. Students survey the school population to identify what is going well and what needs improvement. Based on the results of the survey, the students design a service plan and make mascots using the engineering design method. The students carry out their service plan to promote a positive school climate, then reflect on its impact and demonstrate their service-learning process.

Service Experience 
The first lesson includes the investigation stage of the service-learning process. Students identify needs of the school community through a school-wide survey and group discussions. Based on the investigation, students plan their service component, including designing a mascot and campaign to promote a positive school climate. Students carry out a plan to promote a positive school climate through mascots that advocate for specific character traits or behaviors. In the third lesson, students reflect on the impact of their project and demonstrate their process and results to an outside audience.
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
We are the Positive School Culture
Lesson 1 of 3
Grades: 
6
7
8

A positive school climate is made up of people making choices about how to act and treat one another. It is everyone's responsibility to be a good school citizen. Students identify what traits they value most and survey the school population to identify what is going well and what students feel needs improvement.

Unit: 
We are the Positive School Culture
Lesson 2 of 3
Grades: 
6
7
8

Based on the results of the survey, the students determine the top five character traits that need improvement in the school. They design a service plan and make mascots using the engineering design method. The mascots act as advocates for improvement in school climate. This lesson focuses on planning a service project to promote the common good.