Climate change, human needs and the concept of sustainability are discussed as your students design a new island for the inhabitants of a small island nation called Chill-Ville, whose current island is sinking due to rising sea levels.
An enjoyable activity that gets your students thinking - great for middle school. Can last 1-3 lessons depending on teacher preference.
This resource has 5 main activities and a teacher notes section with a set of instructions.
Activity 1: Students attempt to help the residents of Chill-Ville out by coming up with ideas about what can be done about the rising sea levels. A link to a short youtube clip is provided which highlights the plight of a real island nation suffering this fate (Kiribati). Human needs and the concept of sustainability is also addressed.
Activity 2: Students pretend to be different inhabitants of Chill-Ville and have to think about what they would want on the new island.
Activity 3: Students design the new island, along with flag, laws and government budget.
Activity 4: Students use rubric to grade their island and then complete a list of "scenarios" to see how well their island manages.
Activity 5: Students create poster and use persuasive writing to try and get visitors to come and stay at the new island.
For a CSI maths activity involving the residents of Chill-Ville CLICK HERE
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