This cross-curricular project asks students to consider deeply the environmental and human impacts of the products that they use on a daily basis. Intended to be conducted in a cross-curricular manner this investigation from Lab207 helps students to contextualize many of the concepts that they will have learned in Environmental Science and World History.
Choices have consequences addresses the following curriculum standards.
EEn. 2.8.4 – Evaluate the concept of “reduce, reuse, recycle” in terms of impact on natural resources
WH.H.5 - Analyze exploration and expansion in terms of its motivations and impact.
Driving questions for the project include:
-What is an eco footprint?
-What factors are considered when calculating an eco footprint?
-How do the products we consume affect our eco footprint?
-What are the environmental and social consequences of your consumer choices?
-How can you utilize the concept of “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle” to lower your social and environmental impact?
-How does American consumption drive modern trade?
-How does the historical impact of trade and the Colombian Exchange affect other countries?
My students have just completed this project and absolutely loved it. The sample pictures are graphics that were produced as final products.
Download includes project guidelines, complete process for students, and a multitude of resources to guide student investigation. Ideally, this project could be conducted independently by students.