Picture the Problem
day–1 week; off-site activity
|| Camera or sketchbook
||The Arts, Canadian and World Studies, Science,
Social Sciences and Humanities, Technological Education (http://www.curriculum.org)
of your environment can be improved. It’s just a matter of
questioning your surroundings and way of living, and making positive
- Spend a day walking around your neighbourhood.
Take pictures or draw sketches of things you think could be improved.
These might include parks, roads, cars, kitchens and schools – anything
that catches your creative, problem-solving eye.
- Ask yourself: What is wrong with this thing as
it is? How can I fix or improve it?
- Consider: Could your solution be used in other
parts of the world? Could it be used in the world’s poorest
nations? Why or why not?
- Put the pictures up in class. Explain your findings
in five minutes or less.
Focus on parks. Take pictures of the parks in
your town. Think about what does and doesn't work in the different
What is needed to make them better? Should they
be more connected to the community? Do they need more or less wilderness?
Think about why we need parks in towns and cities. What is their
purpose? Do the parks in your area live up to this purpose?
If you wanted to create a plan for the
perfect park, what would it look like? Use the Story
Formula to help develop and organize your solution.