This product, by It’s Not Rocket Science, is designed to be used as a project-based learning resource for students to learn about human impact on the environment. In this inquiry-based investigation, students will calculate an estimate of their personal carbon footprint and use it to design a short-term action plan for decreasing their environmental impact. Students will present plans to peers, receive feedback, and make adjustments. Their plans will be refined and students will implement their short-term action plan for ten days over a month long period, documenting their experience. Students will write a reflective essay about their experiences and the connections they see to global human impact and sustainability.
• 5 pages of teacher implementation notes, including accommodations
• 8 pages of student handouts and rubrics
• Sample student work.
Why should I use this product in my classroom?
I love using this product in my classroom because it gives the students an opportunity to take what they are learning in the classroom and apply it to their own lives. They also reflect on the individual impact they are having on the environment and ways they could contribute to decreasing human impact.
How does this connect to NGSS*?
This project was written to address the following standard:
It also incorporates the following science and engineering practices:
Lastly, it connects to the following crosscutting concepts:
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