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D=Demographic Concepts; E=Environmental Connections; S=Societal Connections
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Who Polluted the Potomac? Activity: Through an interactive story, students experience the pollution of a local river over time and propose methods to protect the river from current and future pollution. COP, P&P, TP
Who Polluted the River? COP, TP
World Population (DVD) stills Activity: Students watch slides of world population growth over time. TP
World Population DVD Activity: Students watch World Population to see a graphic simulation of human population growth over time. Following the film, students answer questions about why population size has changed, where these changes occurred, and what factors may have contributed to these changes. W7B
World Real Estate Activity: Students calculate and graphically display how much land there is for each person on Earth, given different population sizes, and what types of habitat make up the land. P&P
¡Cuidado con el árbol! (Timber!) Activity: In groups, students role-play a forest management simulation to discover what happens to a forest when the demand for wood is greater than the supply and then graph their results. NM
¿Cuantos más mejor? (The More the Merrier?) Activity: Students briefly demonstrate the effects of crowding in a 'jumping jack' activity and discuss the pros and cons of population density. NM
A Lighter Tread: Simpler Than You'd Think Reading: Personal consumption case study reading: Many people are working to reduce their ecological footprint through everyday lifestyle decisions. EM, Personal Consumption
A Warm Forecast for the Planet Reading: Climate change background reading: An overview of how human activities have increased greenhouse gas emissions, future prospects for a warming planet, and policy proposals to meet challenges of global warming. EM, Climate Change
An All-Consuming Challenge Reading: Personal consumption background reading: What is an ecological footprint and what are the impacts of using (and disposing of) so much stuff? Read about how personal consumption decisions affect our environment and society. EM, Personal Consumption