This activity proceeds as follows:
1. First, learn about the theory of Tragedy of the Commons, using a short video link
2. Then students describe a real-world example using a website (provided) as a resource
3. Then students walk around the school (in pairs), or as an entire class (teacher lead), and must
identify examples of Tragedy of the Commons around the school
4. Students generate possible solutions to the problem areas that they located
5. In conclusion, students choose two real-world examples of Tragedy of the Commons, and describe
possible solutions to the problem.
A. NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS HEREIN
DCI’s: LS2.A Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
Cross Cutting Concepts: Patterns, Cause and Effect, Scale, Proportion, and Quantity, Systems and System Models, Stability and Change
Scientific and Engineering Practices:
Asking Questions and Defining Problems
Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions
Planning and Carrying Out Investigations
"Food Chain Model Game" is a fun, inquiry-based activity in which students write rules to a game that models food-chains. It is NGSS Aligned.
Get it here: Food Chain Model Game
"Populations Lab " walks students through two ways to estimate the size of populations, and then asks students to design/carry out a study to estimate the size of a local population. It is NGSS Aligned.
Get it here: Populations Lab
Do you want your students to carry out a study to conserve water? Here is a NGSS aligned lab for that.
Get it here: Design a Study to Conserve Water
B. SUGGESTED USES
Prior Knowledge: No specific prior knowledge is required for this activity. It fits into an ecology unit, an environmental course, or a human impact unit.
Implementing the Lesson:
Materials and Setup: There is very little setup for this activity. Students will only need this packet (and a device with internet for the first couple questions).
Students could work individually, or in pairs for this activity. During the part of the activity during which students are given a pass to assess the school for examples of Tragedy of the Commons, you must decide if you class (depending on age, maturity, school rules, and behavior) can briefly explore the school in pairs, or if you will be taking them as a group. If you are taking them as a group, you could extend the survey to the exterior property of the school as well.
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