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HEART Humane Education: The Cost of a T-Shirt (Gr. 6-8)

Grade Levels
6th - 8th, Homeschool
Standards
Formats Included
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Pages
15 pages

Description

By looking at the way a t-shirt is produced, youth will consider the impact that low-cost, low-quality, mass produced clothing has on people, animals, and the environment. Youth will explore the current impact the clothing industry has on others and the planet through readings and small group work. Students will examine various stakeholders within the t-shirt business to determine who they think is responsible for the negative
practices of the manufacturing industry.

This lesson explores the impact of low-cost, low-quality, mass-produced clothing. To narrow our focus, we will concentrate on t-shirts although the information provided in this lesson could apply to most any other type of clothing. Students begin by sharing their prior knowledge about the impact a t-shirt has on people, animals, and the environment. They will consider all aspects of production: from harvesting and developing raw material to the eventual disposal of the item and all the processes in
between. As they explore where t-shirts are made and under what conditions, students will learn how people, animals, and the environment are impacted throughout the life cycle of a t-shirt. At the end of the lesson, students will consider possible solutions on both a personal and systemic level to reduce and prevent the negative impact caused by the extraction, production, distribution, consumption, and disposal of a conventional t-shirt.
Total Pages
15 pages
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
2 days
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Standards

to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 7 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

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