Mission: Possible - Week 4

Mission of the Week: How can I make a positive impact on the world around me?


Segment 1:

  • Exploration - How can I identify a problem to solve?

  • Mini Mission - Identify a problem

  • For ages 4-6 - Parents could help kids identify a problem by considering the possibilities presented and/or looking at problems that are interesting/relevant to the individual. 

  • For ages 7-9 - Explore both problems presented and consider one of your own before choosing the problem you’ll work to solve this week. What is the real problem in each situation?


Segment 2:

  • Exploration - How can I set a goal?

  • Mini Mission - Ask questions and Identify a goal

  • For ages 4-6 - Parents could help kids think of the questions they need to ask and consider where to get that information.

  • For ages 7-9 - Consider which questions you have that are clarifying questions and which are collecting background information. See how many of the questions you can answer WITHOUT your parents.

Segment 3:

  • Exploration - How do I launch my solution?

  • Mini Mission - Launch the solution

  • For ages 4-6 - Parents could help walk kids break down the problem solving into smaller steps and consider where to start in launching the solution. 

  • For ages 7-9 - Map out different ways to solve the problem and think about the pros and cons to each. Determine which path to the solution you want to try. Why did you choose this one? What do you expect to happen?

Optional Family Mission: 

  • Exploration - How can we solve problems in our house?

  • Mini-Mission - Seek out and start to solve a problem

    • The potential problems we posed this week impact the greater community, but we know there are lots of problems in our own homes as well. 

    • Using the process we’ve been discussing, seek out and start to solve a problem in your home. 

      • Talk to people to better understand what problems exist.

      • Identify a problem and gather all possible information (clarifying and background) in order to find the best possible solution.

      • Set a goal that will help you understand when you’ve solved the problem.

      • Brainstorm possibilities for solving the problem -- the more creative the better!

      • Determine your approach to solving the problem and get started with prototyping, iteration, and/or launching the first stage. 

    • Make sure everyone has a voice, and every plays a role...and make sure to have fun!

Conclusion of Week 4

Questions to consider before Week 5 in order to be as successful as possible:

  • Whom do you need to ask for help?

  • What do you need in place before we start Week 4?

  • What will you need in order to reach the goal you set?

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Note: These are a sampling of the standards integrated into this unit. Recognizing that Mission: Possible participants span many grades and readiness-levels, this is a generic structure meant to include everyone. Additional activities integrating grade-level standards in specific disciplines (such as math, literacy, science, and social studies) tied to this material are available. This is especially true for math where levels vary drastically from student to student. Please email us, and we’d be happy to provide those resources.