The environmental impact of raising livestock is represented by chips on the student worksheet

Meat of the Matter

Students graph global meat production, use manipulatives to explore the environmental impact of four different types of protein, and discuss… Read more »

High school students play a game to simulate a cap and trade system in a social studies class

Cap and Trade Game

Students play a game that simulates a cap and trade system, and analyze its successes and weaknesses as a policy… Read more »

Video lesson plan of Everything Counts, teacher explains how to run the middle school level activity

Everything Counts

Acting as store owners, students conduct a mini-census to identify their potential market and then use different estimation strategies to… Read more »

Video lesson plan of Trash Trouble in Paradise, teacher explains how to run the high school environmental justice activity

Trash Trouble in Paradise

Role playing a city council meeting, students weigh various real-world economic, social, and environmental factors when siting a landfill on… Read more »

Video lesson plan of People and Climate Change, teacher explains how to run the data-rich middle school activity

People and Climate Change: The Data Is In

Students interpret various forms of data (graphic, written, and visual) and identify relationships between population growth, greenhouse gas emissions, temperature… Read more »

Take a Stand

Students express their thoughts on issues related to population and the environment, then research a specific issue and write a… Read more »

Mysteries of the U.S. Pyramids

Students construct and interpret population pyramids (age-sex distribution charts) and discuss differences in population characteristics at different points in U.S.… Read more »

Screenshot of video lesson plan "Millions and Billions"

Millions and Billions

Through riddles, an art project, and small group problem solving, students gain an appreciation for large numbers and specifically, the… Read more »

Screenshot of video lesson plan "Pop Ecology Files" comparing two different population growth curves

Pop Ecology Files

Students graph and interpret growth curves for six mystery species and humans.

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