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Human Impact on the Environment

Grade Level Grades 9-12
Resource Type Activity, Lesson Plan
Standards Alignment
Next Generation Science Standards


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Humans depend on the living world for the resources and other benefits provided by biodiversity. But human activity is also having adverse impacts on biodiversity through overpopulation, overexploitation, habitat destruction, pollution, introduction of invasive species, and climate change. The purpose of this lesson is for students to develop researchable questions on the topic of how humans impact the environment on and around Earth.  Students will choose a topic and develop questions to research with a choice of product design (newspaper article, radio show report (voice recording), video news report or a blog page and a required argumentative paper on their chosen topic.

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Science_lesson_plan_NGSS HS Human Impact.pdf

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Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
Analyze a major global challenge to specify qualitative and quantitative criteria and constraints for solutions that account for societal needs and wants.
Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity.
Evaluate claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem.
Evaluate evidence for the role of group behavior on individual and species’ chances to survive and reproduce.


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I am glad I do not pollution the sea!
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