Creating Our School Resilience Plan

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This is an image of the lesson 7 icon This is Part 5 of Lesson 7 of Project Resilience curriculum.

Students create a school resilience plan with their revised adaptation project plans.

Learning Objectives

  • Students will analyze and appreciate the value of resilience toolkits.
  • Students will design projects to address environmental issues on their school campus as part of a school resilience plan.


  • Preparation time: about 10 minutes to gather supplies
  • Class time: 50 minutes for activity

Educational Standards

Louisiana Student Standards for Science:

  • HS-EVS1-3: Analyze and interpret data about the consequences of environmental decisions to determine the risk-benefit values of actions and practices implemented for selected issues.
  • HS-ESS3-4: Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.

Additional NGSS Dimensions:

  • Science and Engineering Practices: Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions
  • Disciplinary Core Ideas: ETS1.C: Optimizing the Design Solution



  • Review the School Resilience Plan document.


Turn adaptation projects into a school resilience plan (50 min)

  1. Have students review their project plan and finalize any changes to their project plan. After finalizing changes, hand each group a project copy of Our School Resilience Plan. Each group should use their project plan from the previous lesson to fill out their part of the Our School Resilience Plan document.
    • If able, you may also consider creating a digital shared version of Our School Resilience Plan that students can directly type into, instead of a paper copy
  2. Once each group has finished with their part of the plan, collect each group’s project plan for the final copy of the resilience plan. Review the class’s overall project list with the students, including the descriptions of each project, and discuss the potential impacts of the plan. Ask: How will this plan help our school handle problems in the future? If constructed, how would these projects impact future school classes? What can we do to fund one or more of these projects?
  3. As a class, fill out the site description and the resilience plan goal on page 1 of the School Resilience Plan. Explain to students that this plan may be given to potential funders or professionals outside of the school, so the school description needs to be as detailed as possible.
    • Include a map of the school campus, if possible.

Remind students to continue working on Journal Prompt #18.



Refer to Lesson 5 & 6 background information as needed.


  • Have the class present their resilience plan to the administration and school board, if possible. Students could also present their plan to other student groups that may be interested in helping implement a part of the resilience plan (student council, environmental clubs, athletic clubs).
  • Before moving to Lesson 8:
    • Discuss possible fundraising ideas with the class. Have students outline a list of potential school fundraisers or potential sponsors.
    • Contact local engineers or contractors that may be interested in volunteering as an expert during the proposal process of Lesson 8. These experts will help the students develop a detailed project proposal and implement their project.
    • Introduce students to the project budget template and explain the process of completing a project budget completing a project budget.
    • Talk to the school’s administration about any potential problems with implementing the projects in the students’ resilience plan.
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This activity was developed for Project Resilience, funded by the Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.