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This resource introduces students to environmental stewardship and tasks them to develop and implement a personal plan of action to address an environmental issue. It touches on conservation, citizenship, human-made disasters, natural resources, pollution, and activism.
After a group discussion defining the four economic sectors (government, for-profit business, non-profit, household) and some of their responsibilities, each student is given a handout describing various man-made environmental problems. They are asked to cut and paste these descriptions in a sector table, assigning each piece to the sector that they feel is "most responsible" for addressing the problem.
Students are then placed in groups of 3-4 and asked to reach consensus on the various choices made by the group. These are presented to the class. After a class discussion, students identify a problem that pertains to an environmental issue in their community (or one identified in the lesson) and develop a plan of action. Action plans are then shared with the class.
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|Consideration of Alternative Perspectives
There is a positive bias in the presumption that students have the ability to bring about environmental improvements in their own community. The economic sector activity suggests that the "household" sector plays a substantial role in addressing environmental problems.
|Consideration of Alternative Perspectives:
|Multiple Dimensions of Problems & Solutions
The resource links the environmental problems (both locally and globally) to lifestyle choices made by society. The solutions to these problems and the attitude changes that must accompany these may have some economic and financial implications.
|Multiple Dimensions of Problems & Solutions:
Effectively addresses the environmental, economic and social dimensions of the issue(s) being explored.
Although not examining all aspects of this complex issue, it promotes dialogue and discussion within groups of students. It encourages open-ended solutions and relates well to environmental and social issues.
The complexity of the problems/issues being discussed is respected.
|Acting on Learning
The resource asks students to create an action plan to address an environmental problem. The lesson is more about creating awareness rather than the actual "doing" or carrying out of that plan. The action plan template lacks the actual series of steps the student will need to follow in order to make an impact on their chosen issue.
|Acting on Learning:
Learning moves from understanding issues to working towards positive change — in personal lifestyle, in school, in the community, or for the planet
The resource gives the students some opportunities to do some self-reflection and identify their own values and roles in environmental stewardship. There needs to be more opportunities for students to clarify and express these values.
Students are explicitly provided with opportunities to identify, clarify and express their own beliefs/values.
|Empathy & Respect for Humans
|Empathy & Respect for Humans: Empathy and respect are fostered for diverse groups of humans (including different genders, ethnic groups, sexual preferences, etc.).
|Personal Affinity with Earth
The resource encourages environmental stewardship.
|Personal Affinity with Earth:
Encourages a personal affinity with -the natural world.
Students are asked to create an action plan to deal with an environmental issue in their own community.
Includes learning experiences that take advantage of issues/elements within the local community.
|Past, Present & Future
There are no discussions or information about the past. Present day situations are discussed and students are asked to play a role in implementing solutions. The future is seen as positive only if students begin to contribute and volunteer their time towards environmental stewardship.
|Past, Present & Future: Promotes an understanding of the past, a sense of the present, and a positive vision for the future.
Students are encouraged to consider and develop their own thoughts and opinions.
Lessons are structured so that multiple/complex answers are possible; students are not steered toward one 'right' answer.
Although primarily a science resource, there are opportunities for learning in social studies and language arts.
Learning brings together content and skills from more than one subject area
Learning is directed by questions, problems, or challenges that students work to address.
Both cognitive and affective domains are touched upon. Appropriate groupings should address issues of different intelligences and help students who experience learning difficulties.
Activities address a range of student learning styles, abilities and readiness.
The activity itself has no "hands-on" experiences, but the completion of the student action plan would have experiential learning opportunities.
Authentic learning experiences are provided
Group and cooperative learning strategies are a priority.
|Assessment & Evaluation
There are no tools provided for assessment.
|Assessment & Evaluation: Tools are provided that help students and teachers to capture formative and summative information about students' learning and performance. These tools may include reflection questions, checklists, rubrics, etc.
Provides opportunities for students to actively present their knowledge and skills to peers and/or act as teachers and mentors.
There are no thorough descriptions of specific real events. The resource contains brief scenarios of environmental problems.
Relevant case studies are included. Case studies are thorough descriptions of real events from real situations that students use to explore concepts in an authentic context.
|Locus of Control
Students are given the opportunity to choose the environmental issues that they wish to address in their own communities.
|Locus of Control: Meaningful opportunities are provided for students to choose elements of program content, the medium in which they wish to work, and/or to go deeper into a chosen issue.