Lesson Packet

Grades 9-12

Personal Consumption unit

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SUBJECTS: Science, Social Studies

TOPICS: Ecological Footprints, Needs/Wants, Personal Consumption

Resource Overview

Thematic unit for the high school classroom covers issues around personal consumption and consumerism.

Includes teaching materials on ecological footprints, needs and wants, the impacts of consumer decisions, and making sustainable choices.

Features of This Resource

  • Unit includes 2 lesson plans, 1 case study reading, and 1 background reading.
  • Online ecological footprint quiz.
  • Structure for creating and testing strategies to reducing ecological footprints.

Unit Lesson Plans & Readings

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Lesson Plans

Needs vs. Wants in a Finite World

- Students discuss the varying levels of human needs and then evaluate their own needs and wants and the resources required...

Watch Your Step!

- Students take an online ecological footprint quiz to determine their resource use and test how changes to their daily actions...


An All-Consuming Challenge

- What is an ecological footprint and what are the impacts of using so much stuff? How do personal consumption decisions

Cheap Threads, Costly Impacts: The Price of Fast Fashion

- Personal consumption case study reading: Examine how fast fashion (like H&M, Zara, Shein, etc.) impacts the environment and economy.

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