Lesson Plan

Grades 9-12

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50 minutes

SUBJECTS: Math, Science, Social Studies

TOPICS: Air Pollution, Ecological Footprints, Personal Consumption

Resource Overview

Students use interactive mapping to strategize urban transit and determine the most convenient ways for people to get around a city, and then use emissions data to extrapolate the impact of thousands of individual travel choices.

Students will be able to:
  • Use an online mapping tool to calculate transit times between various locations.
  • Interpret small-scale data and extrapolate meaning for large populations.
  • Compare and contrast the benefits and drawbacks of different types of transit for both people and the environment.
Students use Google Maps to explore transit options and calculate emissions

Features of This Resource

  • Great lesson for distance learning
  • Students consider how their personal choices and actions fit into Earth’s changing climate
  • Students pretend to be a college freshman and use Google Maps to compare transit options in their new city

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