Grade Levels: 6-8, 9-12

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Humans and the Environment, and supports the standard of constructing an argument for how human activity impacts Earth’s systems. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Ask students: 

  • Where do you see human impact on the environment in your community? 
  • What are some ways you can personally help protect the environment?

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

  • Read aloud the description on the Humans and the Environment topic page
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Have students read one of the following Related Reading articles. Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: ENGAGE

Students express what they learned about humans and the environment while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs.

  • Make-a-Movie: Make a PSA that answers the question: How can people help protect Earth?  (Essential Literacy Skill: Determine central ideas)
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map identifying ways people can conserve, clean up, and chime in to reduce our impact on the environment. (Essential Literacy Skill: Summarize key details)
  • Creative Coding: Code a learning game challenging players to sort natural resources as renewable or nonrenewable. (Essential Literacy Skill: Acquire and use domain-specific words and phrases)

Step 4: APPLY & ASSESS 

Apply: Students complete the Humans and the Environment Worksheet, applying essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Humans and the Environment Quiz

Step 5: EXTEND LEARNING

Lakeland: Students balance the use of resources for business and food in this simulation game.

Climate Change Unit: Continue to build understanding around human impact on the environment with more BrainPOP topics 

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