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Improving your environment

  • Level: High school
    Age group:
    Students ages 12 to 14
  • When:
    All year

Areas of learning:

  • Career planning and entrepreneurship
  • Environment and consumption
  • Citizenship and community life

Main objectives

  • Organize your time
  • Work as a team
  • Estimate costs and profits associated with launching a product on the market
  • Become aware of the value of money


The students draw up an action plan to meet a need in the environment and live better together. They present their project to the group, finance it, execute it and then publicize it.

All the documents you need to carry out this activity are in the right-hand column under Useful links.

Task 1 objectives

At the end of this task, students will be able to draw up an action plan in collaboration with their peers to meet a need in the environment that helps to live better together.


Once the solution is found, divide the group into teams of 4 and draw up an action plan.

Examples of action plans:

  • Look for information on the product or service offered as part of the entrepreneurial project.

    Examples of products:

    • birdhouses
    • recycling bins

    Examples of services:

    • Homework help for younger students
    • Promoting environmental protection
  • Create the service offering. This step helps students think about the service or product that they want to offer and to detail the tasks to be performed.
  • Anticipate material resources (e.g., materials, tools) and human resources (e.g., competencies, availability).
  • Determine the costs associated with establishing the service or marketing the product.
  • Think and ask questions about available financing methods.
  • Distribute the tasks among the team members, establish logistics and the deadline for implementing the solution.

Teacher's notes

  • Discuss with the students to help them clearly define the collective project.

    Examples of questions to ask:

    • What exactly is your project?
    • How are you going to execute it?
    • For what purpose?
    • Etc.
  • To help students find the money necessary to implement the solution, suggest that they ask for donations or sponsorships, funding activities, etc.
  • Be sure that the tasks are fairly distributed in each team.
  • Ask the students to write a letter to the school's governing council to obtain their approval and their support for the project.

Task 2 objectives

At the end of this task, students will be able to present the results of their research and their action plans to the rest of the group.


  1. Help students create an oral and visual presentation of their project.

    Example of points to address in the presentation:

    • What the entrepreneurial project offers and resources necessary
    • Anticipated costs to implement the solution
    • Funding ideas
  2. React to the ideas presented by the other teams in order to improve on the different projects.

Teacher's notes

Suggest that the students use information and communication technologies (ITC) to present their project.

Task 3 objectives

At the end of this task, students will be able to gather the money necessary to execute their project.


  1. Support the students in executing their project.
  2. Validate and improve upon the students' projects.
  3. Gather the money necessary to execute the project in practical terms.

    To do this:

    • pool the costs associated with all of the group's projects
    • find methods to finance the projects
    • organize funding activities
    • pool the funds collected
  4. Start implementing the solution by building on the competencies and qualities of all the students who participate in the collective entrepreneurial project.

Teacher's notes

Don't hesitate to ask other teachers in the school to contribute to the project.

Task 4 objectives

At the end of this task, students will be able to publicize their solution and calculate the potential profits.

  • Time required
    One 45-minute period


  1. Publicize their service or product.

    How to publicize their solution:

    • Set the selling price of the product or service. The service could be provided for free.
    • Come up with a sales goal (potential revenue) and calculate the potential profits.
    • Come up with ways to promote the solution by creating catchy advertising.
  2. Estimate the profits earned.

Teacher's notes

  • Help the students research the market value of the service or product they want to offer.
  • Suggest to them that they search the web, in magazines or catalogues, etc.
  • Ask for help from the mathematics teacher, if appropriate, so that all of the revenue and expenses (e.g., travel expenses, poster materials) are compiled and ask the math teacher to discuss the concept of profit with the students.