Screenshot of video lesson plan "Population Circle" showing the increased rate of population growth
Students experience the changing pace of population growth by actively simulating the Earth’s population growth over the...
Screenshot of video lesson plan "Panther Hunt" showing different animals in an ecosystem that can support a panther diet
Students gain an understanding of carrying capacity when they act as predatory animals in a finite area...
Screenshot of video lesson plan "Mining for Chocolate" showing chocolate chip cookies as an analogy to mining regions
After matching everyday products to their rock or mineral sources, students “mine” chocolate chip cookies to discover...
Screenshot of video lesson plan "In Search of Sustainable Life"
Students develop an index of the ten factors they identify as most important to a sustainable community...
Screenshot of video lesson plan "Food for Thought" showing statistics of countries around the world to compare residents' resources and well-being
Acting as the residents of five major regions of the world, students compare various statistics that affect...
Screenshot of video lesson plan "Earth: The Apple of Our Eye" using an apple to demonstrate the limited farmland available on Earth
A visual demonstration of the limited farmland available on Earth (instructor cuts an apple to model available...
A woman holding carrots and other vegetables in a paper bag.
Sustainable future background reading: Sustainable thinking is key to ensuring a healthy planet in the years ahead....
Different types of solid waste floating in ocean water.
Water resources background reading: Earth’s water system is under stress from pollution and overuse. Students explore the...
Smoke stacks at a power plant emitting smoke, a major source of air pollution.
Air pollution and solid waste background reading: Trash, pollution, and emissions increase as human population grows and...

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