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Encourage students to reflect on the sustainability of a materials economy and their personal consumption choices. This two-week unit provides multiple entry points to help students think critically about consumption, while building math, science, and civil discourse skills. Students will:

  • Analyze the five major steps of the materials economy: extraction, production, distribution, consumption, and disposal
  • Consider the ecological consequences of consumer-based lifestyles
  • Reflect on quality of life: necessity vs. luxury
  • Calculate the carbon footprint of shipping foreign-manufactured goods across oceans
  • Investigate sustainable production and distribution methods

Subjects: Science, Social Studies
Grades: 9-12
Type: Teacher Lesson Plan
Format: Digital Download

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