Global Issues PBL Unit Bundle: Water, Garbage, Fossil Fuel Sustainability

Global Issues PBL Unit Bundle: Water, Garbage, Fossil Fuel Sustainability
Global Issues PBL Unit Bundle: Water, Garbage, Fossil Fuel Sustainability
Global Issues PBL Unit Bundle: Water, Garbage, Fossil Fuel Sustainability
Global Issues PBL Unit Bundle: Water, Garbage, Fossil Fuel Sustainability
Global Issues PBL Unit Bundle: Water, Garbage, Fossil Fuel Sustainability
Global Issues PBL Unit Bundle: Water, Garbage, Fossil Fuel Sustainability
Global Issues PBL Unit Bundle: Water, Garbage, Fossil Fuel Sustainability
Global Issues PBL Unit Bundle: Water, Garbage, Fossil Fuel Sustainability
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  1. Explore in this unit the increasingly urgent problem of our world’s most necessary natural resource: water. Everything from pollution and shortages to household and dietary water footprints to some surprising solutions is covered! Grab their attention with shocking numbers, make it real with their
  2. Explore in this unit the increasingly urgent problem of our world’s biggest growing problem: garbage. Everything from landfills to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch to single-use disposable plastics to zero-waste lifestyles is covered!Grab their attention with shocking numbers, make it real with docu
  3. Explore in this unit the increasingly urgent problem of our world’s most addicting natural resource: fossil fuels. Everything from plastics to pollution to renewable alternatives like wind, solar, and hydrogen are covered! Grab their attention with shocking numbers, make it real with a simulation a
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Sustainability MEGA Unit
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Explore the increasingly urgent problem of our world’s biggest environmental dilemmas: how to conserve our water, how to end our addiction to fossil fuel oils, and how to stop generating so much garbage in this three-part bundle sustainability unit.

Everything from pollution to conservation, carbon footprints to plastic, renewable energy alternatives like wind, solar, and hydrogen to landfills and zero-waste lifestyles are covered!

Grab their attention with shocking numbers, make it real with simulations and eye-opening EPA graphs, guide them to dig deeper with scholarly writing and current issues, inspire them by exploring various alternative solutions, and help them spread doable real change to their schoolmates.

Buy this bundle unit and save 20%!

This is a cohesive mega unit of three smaller units: Water / Fossil Fuels / Garbage

By the end of this unit, your students will be able to:

- Internalize the sharply increasing use of water, fossil fuel, and garbage worldwide

- Assess various data sets of how the world is currently using these finite resources

- Articulate a wide variety of current issues affecting our current and future situations

- Closely analyze, annotate, and respond to a related scholarly essay

- Evaluate costs and benefits to a wide range of alternatives and solutions

- Research and share with their school doable solutions to lessen our water, carbon, and garbage footprints

Check out the Preview for a detailed look at this compelling unit or download the FREE Unit-At-A-Glance.

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Greatness is believing that one person’s choices can impact the world.

Few teenagers know the world beyond their own surroundings and many have no idea how their lifestyle, their consumption levels, their “normal” behavior negatively impacts our environment and our planet’s future.

Guide your students through a variety of sources (from graphs and photos to simulations and news articles) as they grapple with the self-realizing question: “How can I lessen my footprint to better sustain this planet for others?”

You will set each of your students up for success in this high interest, multi-faceted project-based unit, regardless of ability, with highly scaffolded graphic organizers, student directions, and supplemental resources included at each step of the way.

Empower your students to become globally aware eco-citizens in this 3-part unit!

This resource comes in TWO formats:

- One cohesive 8-week mega unit, covering all three topics with one comprehensive driving question, note-taking sheets, and culminating DBQ essay

- A bundle of 3 individual 3-4 week standalone units: Water / Fossil Fuels / Garbage

Activities are completely interchangeable as well- mix and match depending on time constraints, student ability, or personal interests.

Included in this complete unit:

Teacher Materials

- Unit overview and 11 additional pages of detailed daily lesson plans

- Step-by-step simulation script and directions for activities

- Answer keys for assignments and rubrics for projects and essay (both CCSS-aligned and generic)

- 70-slide editable PowerPoint slideshow with images, links, and student directions

Unit-Long Materials

- Log Notes & Concept Definition Sheet to record growing understanding throughout the unit

- DBQ Essay to culminate learning from the wide variety of sources examined by answering, “How can I best sustain our natural resources?” with the aid of review materials, outline forms, and step-by-step scaffolding directions

- 4 BONUS Skill Sheets Annotating a Text, Annotating a Citation, Analyzing a News Media Source, Constructing a Thesis

Water Materials & Activities

- How Well Do You Know Water Test to shock students’ incoming knowledge

- What if the World’s Water was a Gallon? Simulation to really “see” the finiteness of our water supply

- Personal Water Audit to uncover the real amounts of water used in a developed world's lifestyle

- Last Call at the Oasis Documentary Analysis to see and hear from various water stakeholder, activists, and experts trying to solve or impending water crisis

- The Omni Processor to explore a creative solution Bill Gates is putting his money behind

- Current Issues Analysis to dig deeper into a variety of present-day water issues, from droughts to pollution to bottle water habits

- Be the Solution Project to share doable changes with classmates on a bulletin board (complete with 2 accompanying signage options)

Fossil Fuel Materials & Activities

- How Well Do You Know Fossil Fuels Test to shock students’ incoming knowledge

- Farming for Oil Simulation to experience the shrinking supply of our world’s oil

- Fossil Fuel Data Analysis to see plainly unflattering global usage and pollution trends through various EPA graphs

- Current Issues Analysis to dig deeper into a variety of present-day fossil fuel issues, from spills to pollution to fracking

- Scholarly Essay Analysis to assess various alternative energy options and analyze quality writing

- Alternative Options to research deeper the most viable solutions for the future

- Be the Solution Project to share doable changes with classmates on a bulletin board (complete with 2 accompanying signage options)

Garbage Materials & Activities

- How Well Do You Know Garbage Test to shock students’ incoming knowledge

- Human Footprint Documentary Analysis to witness the sheer quantity of resources the average American consumes in a lifetime

- Garbage Data Analysis to see plainly the massive amounts of garbage produced in America through various EPA graphs

- Where is “Away”? to look inside some of the world’s largest landfills

- Current Issues Analysis to dig deeper into a variety of present-day garbage issues, from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch to recycling

- Bag It Documentary Analysis to follow one man’s journey to tackle the three biggest offenders: bags, bottles, and cups

- Money Can’t Buy Happiness to learn from scientists on the real sources of joy (hint: it’s not stuff)

- Be the Solution Project to research the waste produced by common consumer products and share doable changes with classmates on a bulletin board (complete with accompanying signage)

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Note to Homeschoolers

Though the included teacher lesson plans and PPT slides are written to fully support a traditional classroom teacher, this resource is also a great fit for your teenage homeschooler:

- the inquiry, thematic structure of this unit is driven more by critical thinking, reading, and writing skills and a central high-interest question than any one set of state-specific, grade-specific content standards

- a wide age and ability range can easily access the rich variety of sources utilized in this unit, making it perfect for a multi-grade group

- your student’s voice is central to each activity, through talking out their learning, maximizing the one-on-one

- activities can be completed independently and aren’t solely reliant on group or whole-class work

- all utilized sources are free or inexpensive and easily obtainable; either included, accessible online, available at your local library, or purchased used through Amazon (links provided)

- this unit is independent of a textbook, though one could be used for greater background knowledge

- any activity can easily be left out to customize for your student’s skill level or personal interest

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Want just one part of this Sustainability PBL unit?

Water PBL Unit: explore the problems and solutions in maintaining this finite resource

Garbage PBL Unit: explore the problems and solutions of our consumeristic, disposable lifestyles

Fossil Fuel PBL Unit: explore the problems and solutions of our favorite addiction- oil

Check out these other Global Issues PBL units!

World Population PBL Unit: explore worldwide population numbers, extreme poverty, and demographics

--- World Poverty PBL Mini Unit: explore what living on one dollar a day really looks like

Globalization PBL Unit: explore the growth and shrinking of our global population, connectivity, and resources

--- Globalization PBL Mini Unit: explore all the same topics in about half the time

--- Competing in a Flat World PBL Mini Unit: explore the flattening of the world’s economy

--- What’s My Eco Footprint PBL Mini Unit: explore the impact of one’s footprint in comparison to the world’s

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