Explore everything from our increasingly concerning world’s population growth trends, globalization, and eco footprint consumption of natural resources with this eye-opening PBL unit.
By the end of this unit, your students will able to:
- Articulate exactly how surging and declining population trends are equally alarming
- Place themselves within the interconnected village that industrialization and globalization has built
- Calculate exactly what their eco footprint is and how it is affecting the globe’s natural resources
- Research, evaluate, reflect, and argue for their outlook of the world- if it is shrinking or expanding as a result of these modern changes
harnessing the connectivity of today’s world to tackle our common problems.
Few teenagers know the world beyond their own surroundings and many have no idea how their lifestyle, their choices, their hopes are part of a global story. Yet at the same time, how capable they are to be part of the solution to the urgent problems industrialization and globalization have created.
Guide your students through a wide variety of sources (from documentaries and maps to simulations and scholarly essays) as they grapple with the not-so-simple question: “Is today’s world getting smaller or larger from these changes?”
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, skill sheets, and supplemental resources included at each step of the way.
Empower your students to become globally aware citizens in this 6-8 week unit!
Activities are completely interchangeable- mix and match depending on time constraints, student ability, or personal interests.
Included in this complete project-based unit:
- Unit overview and 8 pages of detailed daily lesson plans
- Step-by-step simulation script and directions for activities
- Answer keys and rubrics (both CCSS-aligned and generic)
- 75-slide editable PowerPoint slideshow with images, links, and student directions
- Unit Notes & Concept Definition Sheets
to record and reflect on learning
- 1 Hook Activity
to open with eye-popping statistics and facts
- 2 Population Activities
to analyze historical growth and current trends by examining NOVA-produced data maps and documentary
- 4 Globalization Activities
to analyze Thomas Friedman’s The World is Flat
, MIT’s Open Courseware, the engaging documentary, Two Million Minutes
, an academic essay, and the global journey of the “all-American” t-shirt
- 4 Natural Resources Activities
to analyze the environmental costs of industrialization by examining additional NOVA-produced data maps and documentary
- Poster Project
to teach their classmates abuot the causes of globalization
- Letter Project
to compare and explain their eco-footprint to an impoverished peer in a developing country
- Current Issues Project
to research today’s news for the events that are making these issues real life
- Essay Assessment
to culminate and summatively demonstrate learning with review, outline, essay, and rubric materials
- BONUS Skill Sheet Handouts:
Annotating a Text, Annotating a Citation, Analyzing a News Media Source
Note: the unit uses a few hardcopy resources that are easy to find either at your local library or online; links are provided.
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
Don't have time for this full unit? Try these smaller products!
Population Growth, Globalization, Natural Resources PBL Mini Unit:
try this shorter unit that covers all the same topics in about half the time
Competing in a Flat World PBL Mini Unit:
explore the topic of globalization and how the world has become hyper connected and thus hyper competitive in the last few decades
What’s My Eco Footprint PBL Mini Unit:
explore the topic of Earth's natural resources and the impact of one’s own footprint and compare it to the world’s
NOVA Earth in Peril & World in Balance 4-Pack:
explore the topic of global population and natural resource trends with 4 engaging PBS resources
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
Sustainability PBL Unit:
explores the ever increasing water, fossil fuel, and garbage footprints
--- Water PBL Unit:
explores the problems and solutions in maintaining this finite resource
--- Fossil Fuels PBL Unit:
explores the problems and solutions of our biggest addiction
--- Garbage PBL Unit:
explores the problems and solutions of our consumeristic, disposable lifestyles
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