Project Resilience - a high school curriculum about the environmental challenges facing Gulf coastal communities

Lesson 4: Turning Problems into Solutions

Students consider all of the environmental challenges presented in Lessons 1-3 to make connections and synthesize ideas. Students work in groups to construct a claim about which environmental problem is a priority to address in coastal Louisiana and brainstorm solutions to the problem. Students are introduced to the concepts of resilience and adaptation and the differences between these two important strategies.

Lesson 4 is divided into two parts, each intended for about a day of instruction time. A lesson plan, including teacher instructions, for each part is linked below:

  • Lesson 4: Part 1: Analyzing the Problems - Students analyze environmental problems facing coastal Louisiana to understand the underlying causes and connections between them and use claim, evidence, and reasoning to construct an argument about which environmental problem should be addressed first.
  • Lesson 4: Part 2: Designing Solutions - Students present their claims about which environmental problem is a priority to address and their ideas about solutions to the problem.

Time Required

  • Teacher Preparation Time: approximately 20 min
  • Part 1: 50 minutes
  • Part 2: 50 minutes


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 the impact of human activities with natural systems.
  • HS-LS2-7: Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity.

Additional Dimensions:

  • Science and Engineering Practices: Developing and Using Models, Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions
  • Disciplinary Core Ideas: ESS3-C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems
  • Crosscutting Concepts: Patterns, Cause & Effect, Stability & Change
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