Lesson Packet

Grades 6-8

Sustainable Future unit

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SUBJECTS: Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies

TOPICS: Economics, Sustainability: Sharing Common Resources

Resource Overview

Thematic unit for the middle school classroom has students consider how their personal choices can positively impact future communities, the natural environment, and Earth’s resources.

Sustainable thinking is key to ensuring a healthy planet in the years ahead. Students examine how their actions today can lead to positive change in the future and are empowered to take action against environmental challenges and social inequities.

Features of This Resource

  • Unit includes 6 lesson plans, 1 student reading and a summative assessment.
  • Tragedy of the Commons simulation has students question the value of short-term vs long-term outcomes.
  • Includes materials to consider three types of sustainability – economic, environmental, and societal.

Unit Lesson Plans & Readings

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Lesson Plans

If Money Won’t Buy It

- Students participate in a budgeting activity to weigh everyday actions against their environmental impact. Students will be able to: Determine...

For the Common Good

- In two simulation games, students determine individual short-term consumption strategies that will maximize resources for the entire group.


- Students examine their own values by considering various environmental dilemmas and evaluating how different reactions impact the planet. Students will...

In Search of Sustainable Life

- Students develop an index of factors most important to a sustainable community and develop models for measuring those factors.

Take a Stand

- Students express their thoughts on issues related to population and the environment, then research a specific issue and write a...

In The News: Research for Tomorrow

- Through planning, writing, and performing a news telecast, students use information from current events articles to create fact-based predictions about...


Making a Difference for People and the Planet

- Students consider how today’s personal choices can positively impact the future of local and global communities and the natural environment.

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