Land Resources (People & the Planet unit)
Downloadable unit from the People and the Planet curriculum. With your purchase, you will receive the unit’s student background reading, seven lesson plans, and summative assessment.
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Background Reading: The Human Footprint: Land
Unit Lesson Plans:
Earth: The Apple of Our Eye: A visual demonstration of the limited farmland available on Earth, followed by discussion of how to feed a growing population.
World of Difference: Through a small group simulation using probability, students explore how different population growth rates are impacting biodiversity levels.
Growing Pains in Texas Hill Country: Students read a news article about local population growth and the resulting sprawl, create and write a proposed solution, and simulate a city council debate.
Mining for Chocolate: After matching everyday products to their mineral sources, students “mine” chocolate chip cookies to discover the impacts of many mining operations.
Timber!: In this role-playing simulation, students discover what happens to a forest when the demand for wood is greater than the supply and graph their results.
Fracked or Friction: Students analyze information about fracking and their sources for bias and ultimately take a stance arguing for or against fracking.
Meat of the Matter: Students graph global meat consumption, use manipulatives to explore the environmental impact of four different types of protein, and discuss the pros and cons of a shifting global diet.