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Rich and Poor (Earth Matters unit)



This product is an individual unit from the high school curriculum Earth Matters. Purchase the unit now and you’ll immediately receive the unit as a PDF. Scroll down to see the list lessons plans and readings included in the unit.

Note: If you’re planning to purchase Earth Matters or have already done so, you don’t need to purchase this unit as it is included within the larger Earth Matters curriculum.

Other Earth Matters units include: Air Pollution, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Energy, Food and Hunger, Forests, Oceans, Personal Consumption, Population Dynamics, Public Health, Solid Waste, Urbanization, Water Resources, and The World’s Women.

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The following are included with the purchase of the unit:

Lesson Plans:

  • Food for Thought – Acting as residents of five major world regions, students compare various statistics that affect people’s health and well-being.
  • Hill of Beans – Students compare wealth of the average person in the world to that of a person living in the U.S. and a person living in the Central African Republic, one of the poorest nations in the world.
  • The Global Goals – Students research and create a visual display summarizing a Sustainable Development Goal then consider the role of social progress in meeting the SDGs.
  • Making it in America – Students use wealth tokens to compare actual American wealth distribution to perceived distribution, then analyze historic documents related to the American Dream.

Background Reading:

  • Combating Global Poverty– More than one billion people around the world live in poverty and lack adequate sanitation, healthcare and education. Learn how breaking this cycle of poverty would benefit the entire global family.

Case Study Reading:

  • Anti-Poverty Projects: Scaling Up Effective Innovations – There are already great inventions for reducing global poverty. Now, they just need to be scaled up to do the most good, as this reading explains.