Lesson 4: Plan and Implement Steps to Solve the Problem

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Purpose of lesson: To create an action plan and implement the problem-solving steps.

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“Now that you know to anticipate the consequences of potential solutions to a problem, you are ready to choose the best solution and take steps to solve the problem.”

Discussion: Action Plan

“Resolving a problem may require several steps. Establish your plan of action and carry it out. Remember to take the initiative (don’t wait for someone else to solve the problem), assume responsibility (meaning not to place blame, but focus on what you can do to solve the issue), and follow through (don’t allow fear or a complex problem derail your intentions).”

  • Can you think of a time when you allowed another person to solve a problem for you?
  • What are some advantages of taking the initiative to solve your own problem?
  • What would it look like to place blame on another when problem-solving?
  • How can fear hold you back from solving a problem?

Exercise: Creating Action Plans

Generate a simple action plan for each of the following scenarios:

  • Antonia has a messy apartment.
  • Darius gets too many phone calls from his girlfriend daily and does not appreciate it.
  • Jonathan does not understand the new material in algebra.
  • Marcus is frustrated that he consistently burns food in the oven.
  • Leah feels unprepared for her job interview next week.

Exercise: Fundraising Project

Students should coordinate details of the fundraiser and activity. Problems that require solving may include:

  • Date and location of the fundraiser
  • Determining required materials
  • Obtaining items
  • Methods of advertising
  • Specific roles for each classmate


“Today, you learned to devise an action plan and solve a problem.”

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