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Decision Making: The New Jersey Bear Hunt

on March 6, 2014

The fifth graders have started work on researching “useful information” to help them make the best decision about the New Jersey Bear Hunt.  Students are asking whether there should be a 6 day hunt in December every year in New Jersey to stop the overpopulation of black bears in the state.  Students will be playing the role of wildlife biologists, land developers, hunters, a family with young children and animal activists in a town meeting.   Students will be examining the six important elements that make a good decision.  These steps in the chain include a helpful frame, clear values, creative alternatives, useful information, sound reasoning, and commitment to follow through.   Students will complete the project by sharing their ideas in a town meeting to make the best decision for the community.

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