Grade 5

Solving Problems Together

Global Collaborator
boy with question mark


Problems get solved when people work together. Students will choose a problem or issue from their local community that needs a solution. They will create a Google Form that will be used to gather community opinions and perceptions to help create a solution to a local issue. Using a QR code, students will create posters with links to their Google Form and post them around the community. Once enough forms have been filled out, students will use the data to create a presentation of the issue.

Students will:

  • Be able to create a Google Form.
  • Be able to gather perceptions and ideas from community members and use these to formulate and present a solution to a local issue.
  • Be able to analyze data and plan solutions to local problems based on the data. 

Vocabulary Words:

  1. Google Forms: Google Forms is a web-based app used to create forms for data collection purposes.
  2. QR Code: A QR code is a type of barcode that is readable by dedicated QR barcode readers and camera telephones. The code consists of black modules arranged in a square pattern on a white background. The information encoded may be text you want students to read, websites, or video.

To prepare for this lesson:

  • Read the tutorial on Google Forms or visit Google Forms.

  • If you need more detail view the video on Google Forms

  • Students will need to be able to create a QR code. Use the instructions from the 21 Things 4 Students website to pre-teach this skill.

  • Determine places in the community where posters could be displayed and talk to managers or other business owners to pre-arrange student posting.


  • Understanding that not all adults in the community understand how to use a QR Code, you could have students publish on the poster a Google shortened URL.
  • Final presentations could be submitted to a city council member or the class could invite a few members of the community government to visit the school and each group could present to a different person.

See the Accommodations Page and Charts on the 21things4students website in the Teacher Resources. 

Directions for this activity:

  1. Students will choose from a precompiled list of local issues or suggest one of their own.

  2. Students work in groups of four-five to choose an issue they would like to explore.

  3. Groups create a list of questions for their survey (can be multiple choice, yes/no, or short answer).

  4. Using Google Forms student groups create a form that surveys the community using their pre-created list.

  5. At this point, students would use a QR code to link to their form.

  6. Create posters that display the QR code and explain that the students would like the communities input on a matter close to home.

  7. Posters should be displayed around the community for a set number of days or until enough data has been collected. Students use the data collected to formulate a solution to the issue and create a presentation explaining their process and the solution they decided upon.

Different options for assessing the students:

  • Observations
  • Check for understanding
  • Teacher created rubric to score the presentations

MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.

Global Collaborator
7a. Use digital tools to connect with learners from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, engaging with them in ways that broaden mutual understanding and learning.
7b. Contribute constructively to project teams, assuming various roles and responsibilities to work effectively toward a common goal.
7c. Explore local and global issues and use collaborative technologies to work with others to investigate solutions.

Device: PC, Chromebook, Mac, iPad 

Browser: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge, ALL

Google Forms

Google Forms Tutorial

Google Forms Video Tutorial

21 Things 4 Students QR Instructions


Students can create and present their findings to their class or a local government official.  

Local issues can be science-based such as water conservation, recycling, or pollution.

This task card was created by Jean Smith, Van Buren Public Schools, December 2018. Updated October 2023.