This week, in our Language Arts textbook, we have been reading and discussing a story by the respected scientist Jane Goodall. The selection – Ten Ways to Help Save Wildlife – tries to give students practical steps they can take to help make a positive impact in the world around them. It ties in nicely to our science unit about changing ecosystems, as well as the general message that I try to impart to my students: the choices we make matter.

In looking for photos of Ms. Goodall, I came across the graphic at the top of this blog post. The quote stood out to me as a powerful crystallization of the central concept of the story:

What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.

I asked the students to write a blog post using this quote as inspiration as they answer the following three questions:

  • What does the quote mean?
  • What does it mean to THEM specifically?
  • What kind of difference do THEY want to make?

You can find their responses by following this link: DreamExtreme Student Blog Posts