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The Human Impact of America's Trash on EcoSystems
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Grade Level Grades 6-8
Resource Type Activity, Assessment, Handout, Presentation
Standards Alignment
Next Generation Science Standards
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About This Lesson

As human populations and per-capita consumption of natural resources increase, so do the negative impacts on Earth unless the activities and technologies involved are engineered otherwise. Human activities, such as the release of greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels, are major factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century. This interactive lesson entitled "The Human Impact of America's Trash on Ecosystems" uses real-world experiences to help students understand the long-term impact of daily trash production on the environment and the world around them.

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5E MS Ecosystem-Human Impact-America's Trash Lesson.pdf

Assessment
February 13, 2020
253.22 KB

Waste Journal.docx

Activity
February 13, 2020
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Trash Analysis Lab.docx

Activity
February 13, 2020
16.5 KB

The Squared Earth Activity.docx

Activity
February 13, 2020
132.44 KB

Producing Greenhouse Gases with Compost.docx

Activity
February 13, 2020
15.27 KB

Plan of Action checklist.docx

Activity
February 13, 2020
13.61 KB

Environment Inquiry Flyer Template.pptx

Handout, Worksheet
February 10, 2020
109.86 KB

TEACH 2017 MS and HS - Aligning NGSS Lessons.pptx

Presentation
February 10, 2020
11.5 MB

AFT NGSS Engineering Resources intermediate.pptx

Presentation
February 10, 2020
613.15 KB

Human Impact Student Group Project Rubric.docx

Presentation
February 13, 2020
22.61 KB

Human Impact Student Project Planning Sheet.docx

February 13, 2020
19.23 KB
Videos
How Does a Modern Landfill Work?
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Two adults, two kids, zero waste | Bea Johnson | TEDxFoggyBottom
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Standards

Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth's systems.

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