How Humans Have Impacted Earth

HS ESS3-3: Create a computational simulation to illustrate the relationships among management of natural resources, the sustainability of human populations, and biodiversity

HS ESS3-4: Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems

HS ESS3-1: Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity

HS LS4-6: Create or revise a simulation to test a solution to mitigate adverse impacts of human activity on biodiversity

HS LS2-7: Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity.

Lesson 1: 

November 15- 16

Invasive Species

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Supplemental Video

TedTalk: Threat of Invasive Species

Lesson 2: 

Carbon Footprint Challenge

November 19- 20

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For this activity, students are to consult with their caregivers to help count, observe and record household energy usage using the ISCFC Calculator worksheet. Next, use the Carbon Footprint Challenge Worksheet and follow the prompts.

Lesson 3: 

Making a Case for Climate Change

November 26-27

Students were put in groups of 4 to become experts on a certain topic about Climate Change and shared their perspectives and made a case based off data. We did not complete the Ice Albedo Lab.

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The Articles

Lesson 4: 

Plastics in Our Oceans

November 29-30

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Lesson Activities & Handouts

Supplemental Video

United Nations: Plastic in the Ocean

Great Pacific Garbage Patch Solution

Lesson 5: 

Human Impact Notes & Review

December 04-05

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