Ecological Footprint: Impact of Human Demand on Earths Energy and Natural Resources (GRADE 5)
Lesson 1
Lesson length: 50 minutes
Assessment: Diagnostic
Language Arts:
Inference, reading.
Lesson Description:
Teacher will read "The Lorax" to students, in order to introduce them to the concept of environmental awareness. Students will be introduced to Action Plan assignment where they will be asked to reduce their ecological footprint. Students will have time to start working in class, and will be told to take the assignment home and complete it for the following class. They may receive help form caregiver.
Lesson 2
Lesson length: 50 minutes
Assessment: Formative
Math
Lesson Description:
In order to illustrate the percentage or fraction of the earth that humans depend on, the teacher will use an apple to illustrate the earth. Cutting the earth into various sections t illustrate oceans, land that we cannot live on and the topsoil etc. Students will then be introduced to the action and change questionnaires. The teacher will show students an example. Students will have time in class to complete their questionnaire.
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Lesson 3
Lesson length: 50 minutes
Assessment: Formative
Math
Lesson Description:
Students will come to the carpet with their "action and change" questionnaires. Students will have 3 minutes to discuss their answers with a partner. The class will discuss the number which represents the class ecological footprint, and what could be done to change that number. Students will then have 25 minutes to compare their ecological footprint with other countries, and produce a graph that illustrates the comparisons..
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Lesson 4
Lesson length: 50 minutes
Assessment: Diagnostic
Science
Lesson Description:
Students will be introduced to the concept of an ecological footprint. Once they understand what the term means, they will view an example of a calculated ecological footprint. Students will participate in a think/pair/share and brainstorm ways in which they could conserve energy. This will be modeled by the teacher Students will then get a chance to calculate their own ecological footprint.
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