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Lesson Plan:

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Calculating 7 Billion

Through cooperative learning activities and a class demonstration, students work through problems to visualize large...

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Cap and Trade Game

Students play a game that simulates a cap and trade system, and analyze its successes...

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Carbon Crunch

Students work in small groups to determine the main environmental concerns during given periods of...

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Catch It If You Can

Students mimic the spread of disease by exchanging liquids in test tubes and then graph...

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Catching Pollution

Students "catch" pollution (particulate matter) on prepared cards to see the environmental and health-related consequences...

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Chips of Trade

Acting as countries in a simulation game, students discuss how resources are inequitably distributed throughout...

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Círculo de la población (Population Circle)

Students experience the changing pace of population growth by simulating the Earth’s population growth over...

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Clearing the Air

Students find articles about air pollution issues and use the information to create a class...

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Code Blue: Endangered Oceans

As the instructor reads a story about the history of the world’s oceans, students act...


Reading:

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Electronic Waste: The Case of Agbogbloshie, Ghana

Solid waste case study reading: A profile of a town in Ghana that is the...

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Farming in the City: A Crop of Urban Gardening Projects

Food and Hunger Case Study Reading: A profile of some innovative urban gardening projects -...

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Feeding 10 Billion

Food and hunger background reading: Feeding an expanding global population and battling malnutrition among the...

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Gasping for Clean Air

Air pollution background reading: An overview of how fossil fuel combustion creates unhealthful levels of...

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Germany: Solar Energy Leader

Energy case study reading: A profile of how Germany came to lead the world in...

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Global Family Matters

Our global family background reading: There are vast differences in wealth, energy use, health, and...

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How do People Create so Much Waste?

An elementary-level reading on the creation and disposal of solid waste.

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How do People Use the Earth’s Resources?

An elementary-level reading that addresses renewable and non-renewable resources.

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How do Populations Grow?

An elementary-level reading that discusses population growth trends for wildlife and people.


Lesson Packet:

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Food and Hunger unit

Thematic unit for the high school classroom on food issues and agriculture. Includes teaching materials...

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Forests unit

Thematic unit for the high school classroom forest land use and protection, in light of...

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Health unit

Thematic unit for the high school classroom covers global health from a societal perspective. Includes...

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History of Population Growth unit

Thematic unit for the middle school classroom covers population growth from 1 C.E. to present...

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Land Resources unit

Thematic unit for the middle school classroom covers how humans have manipulated land for our...

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Nuestro Mundo, Nuestro Futuro (Our World Our Future) – Elementary

This is a Spanish/English lesson packet for K - 5th grade teachers. It is designed...

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Nuestro Mundo, Nuestro Futuro (Our World Our Future) – Secondary

This is a Spanish/English lesson packet for 6th - 12th grade teachers. It is designed...

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Oceans unit

Thematic unit for the high school classroom on ocean health. Includes teaching materials on current...

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Our Global Family unit

Thematic unit for the middle school classroom on challenges impacting the well-being and happiness of...


Video:

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Habitat Scramble

In a role-playing simulation, students act as species in a habitat trying to survive by...

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How Many Fish in the Sea?

Students estimate a fish population (using goldfish crackers on a flat surface) by sampling.

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In Search of Sustainable Life

Students develop an index of the ten factors they identify as most important to a...

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Lessons for Life

Students read and discuss a short conversation between two Ethiopian girls, watch two photo essays...

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Like Oil and Water

Students use the engineering design process to create and test prototypes for cleaning up oil...

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Millions and Billions

Through riddles, an art project, and small group problem solving, students gain an appreciation for...

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Mining for Chocolate

After matching everyday products to their rock or mineral sources, students “mine” chocolate chip cookies...

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Panther Hunt

Students gain an understanding of carrying capacity when they act as predatory animals in a...

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People on the Move

Students participate in a “push/pull” simulation to identify reasons people migrate from one place to...


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Ecological Footprint Over Time infographic

Infographic compares the number of Earths needed to provide for humans' current consumption over time....

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Energy Mix Goals infographic

Bar graph compares the energy mix - percentage of energy from fossil fuels vs. renewables...

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Energy Use Comparison infographic (1 American uses as much energy as…)

Infographics shows that 1 person in the U.S. consumes as much energy as 2 Germans,...

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Forest Coverage Over Time infographic

Line graphs display forest loss in Indonesia and the Brazilian Amazon, showing the percentage of...

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Global Population Projections infographic

Infographic shows the United Nation's population projections through 2100 in ten year increments. Three future...

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Growth of Urban Population infographic

Line graphs show the number of people living in rural areas and urban areas from...

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Historic Meat and Paper Consumption infographic

Infographics show the change in meat and paper/paperboard consumption per person from 1960 to 2016....

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Historic Water Scarcity infographic

Line graphs shows the increasing percentage of the population experiencing water scarcity from 1910 through...

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Immigration to the U.S. by Geographic Region (Historic) infographic

Line graph displays the number of immigrants to the U.S. by home region over time....