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Global Issues and Sustainable Solutions: Population, Poverty, Consumption, Conflict, and the Environment - Student Text
Global Issues and Sustainable Solutions: Population, Poverty, Consumption, Conflict, and the Environment - Student Text

Student Text
Making connections between global issues and sustainable solutions can be a challenge. This middle school text can be used to inform, inspire, and motivate students. Global issues come to life through graphs, photos, a glossary, and comprehensive endnotes. This book is an ideal resource to teach core subjects using global issues and sustainability as a contextual framework or for a stand-alone introductory global issues and sustainability course.

  • Grades: 6-8
  • Subjects: Science, Social Studies
  • Student Text: 55 pages
ISBN 9780971100527
Price $12.95
Starting from: 20 items $10.36
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Introduction and Table of Contents

Download the Introduction and Table of ContentsPreview the introduction and table of contents.


 
Scavenger Hunt for Global Issues and Sustainable Solutions

Download Scavenger Hunt for Global Issues and Sustainable SolutionsA fun way to introduce your students to global issues and sustainability vocabulary words and concepts. Students search for answers throughout Global Issues and Sustainable Solutions and fill in the blanks with their answers.


 
Reading Review Questions

Download the Reading Review QuestionsThis companion resource provides student reading reviews for Global Issues and Sustainable Solutions.


 
Reading Review Questions Answer Key

The answers to the Global Issues and Sustainable Solutions reading review questions. Contact us to request a free copy of the Reading Review Questions Answer Key.


Chapter 1: Sustainability

Download Chapter 1: Sustainability In this chapter students read an overview of sustainability and related topics.


 
Chapter 2: What's Up with Population, Anyway?

Chapter two exposes students to population growth and related topics, such as sanitation, climate change, and extreme poverty.


Chapter 3: Population Throughout History

Students will explore exponential population growth and how modern advances have made this growth possible.


Chapter 4: How Many People Can the Earth Support?

In this chapter students examine the connection between the earth's carrying capacity and our ecological footprint.


Chapter 5: Global Trends - Food, Water, and Income

This chapter looks at key resource consumption and availability trends in food, water, and income.


Chapter 6: Environmental Sustainability

Chapter six identifies how our expanding population and ecological footprints are contributing to environmental degradation.


Chapter 7: People and the Planet: What is the Good Life?

Students explore how the health and well-being of people is connected to the health and well-being of the planet.


Chapter 8: The USA in the Sustainability Puzzle

This chapter looks at the average ecological footprint of U.S. citizens, traditional and alternative indicators of human progress, and current government policies.


Chapter 9: Sustainable Solutions - It's Our Future!

Throughout this chapter students will identify personal actions and global solutions that they can take to help work toward a sustainable future.

Resource Details

Global Issues and Sustainable Solutions can be used as a central teaching component for a semester or year-long course, as a short unit on global issues, or as an engaging contextual framework within which core subjects are taught. Global Issues and Sustainable Solutions is often compatible with existing curriculum requirements and topics and extends students’ learning through an interdisciplinary approach to issues.

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Classroom Examples 

The classroom examples below show how Global Issues and Sustainable Solutions can be used to address a variety of classroom challenges and increase student involvement.


Courtenay Chadwell-Gatz
  • School: Whatcom Community College, Bellingham, WA
  • Grade: Undergraduate     Classroom Size: 15
  • Subject: Academic ESL composition (ESLA 97)


Liza Esser
  • School: Capitol Hill Day School, Washington, D.C.
  • Grades: 6-8     Classroom Size: 12
  • Subject: Environmental Science

Paula Fraser, photo courtesy of Chad Coleman, Bellevue Reporter newspaper
Paula Fraser
  • School: Stevenson Elementary (Prism Program), Bellevue, WA
  • Grade: 5th Grade Highly Capable Students     Classroom Size: 28
  • Subject: Social Studies and Environmental Science


David White-Espin
  • School: Secondary Bilingual Orientation Center, Seattle, WA
  • Grade: Level 2 - ages 11 to 21, based on students' speaking ability
  • Classroom Size: ~20
  • Subject: Literacy and Reading


Professional Development

Facing the Future offers the following workshop to help you learn more about Global Issues and Sustainable Solutions: Population, Poverty, Consumption, Conflict, and the Environment:


Global Issues, Sustainable Solutions
Come see how easy it can be to incorporate complex global issues into your teaching with Global Issues and Sustainable Solutions! Discover hands-on activities to enliven classroom discussion, stimulate critical thinking, and help students relate to issues such as population, poverty, consumption, conflict, and the environment. We'll explore interconnections, impacts, and solutions – along with key resource trends that drive economic, environmental, social, and security issues.


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Supplementary Materials

To complement Global Issues and Sustainable Solutions, this section contains background information and additional resources to help educators and students learn more about global issues and sustainability.

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