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NEWLY UPDATED for digital learning! If you’re looking for a little to no PREP, engaging and authentic learning mini-unit of lessons that students about the human impact on Earth’s natural resources and the environment as a result of overpopulation, then this is the perfect project/assessment for you! So, “Will humans always have enough resources to survive on Earth?”
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It is important for students to learn about human impact because it can have a negative effect on Earth and decrease sustainability. By involving students in gathering evidence online through aerial photos, data cards, and by tracking their own waste in 24 hours, students are inspired to become more aware of the use of our natural resources. Students then investigate one of several choices of human impacts such as fracking, ocean acidification, deforestation, etc., research and gather information, and design a solution to present.
"Will Humans Always Have Enough Resources to Survive on Earth?" This two-part unit takes one to two weeks’ time, it can be split into two separate activities if necessary, and it addresses the following NGSS Performance Expectations:
MS-ESS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
MS-ESS3-4. Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth's systems.
MS-ETS1-1. Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.
HS-ESS3-4. Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems
- Watch a short video clip on overpopulation
- Answer the unit question “Will humans always have enough resources to survive on Earth?”
- Gather 3 pieces of evidence (observe aerial photos, read info cards, and collect data on their own garbage waste)
- Reflect on the unit question
- Learn about DDT and the bald eagle
- Review project directions and choose one human impact (10 examples included such as fracking, deforestation, ocean acidification, etc. as well as a teacher’s choice and a “choose your own” option in case you have other ideas)
- Research their human impact and record notes on a detailed outline
- Brainstorm and design a solution
- Present to the class
- Complete Reflection
Through the scientific practices of observation, data collection and analysis, and problem solving, students explore human impacts on Earth and present a solution to minimize its effect. This project can be taught as is, split into separate parts, or used as part of an environmental studies unit.
Included in this resource:
- Student Pages with clear directions and graphics
- Key terms and definitions
- Data Tables
- Project Directions with 10 human impacts to choose from (plus 2 others)
- Detailed Outline for Notes
- Suggested Lesson Timeline
- Links to video clips, aerial photos, and impact cards
- Teacher Tips and Lesson Overview
- Rubric for Grading
- Reflection page
Science and Engineering Practices:
Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions: Apply scientific principles to design an object, tool, process or system. (MS-ESS3-3, HS-ESS3-4))
Engaging In Argument from Evidence: Construct an oral and written argument supported by empirical evidence and scientific reasoning to support or refute an explanation or a model for a phenomenon or a solution to a problem. (MS-ESS3-4)
Cause and Effect - Relationships can be classified as causal or correlational, and correlation does not necessarily imply causation. (MS-ESS3-3) Cause and effect relationships may be used to predict phenomena in natural or designed systems. (MS-ESS3-4)
Stability and Change (HS-ESS3-4)
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