Activity By Skills: Holistic Thinking

  Sustainability Lesson 6 Group Activity on Millenium Ecosystem Project

Divide students into groups of 3-5 with each an assigned a role.In your group, discuss the following and develop an action plan that you could share with the class.

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  Sustainability Lesson 6 Hook

Place students in pairs or groups. Have them compare and discuss the results of their Personal Energy Meter evaluations.

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  Sustainability Lesson 5 Conclusion

Ask student to respond to the following task (write, pair-share, etc)

Explain to Prof. Yao Qiang the varied political and cultural attitudes in the US that would shape responses to his statement:

Yao Qiang, a professor of thermal engineering at Beijing’s Tsinghua University, quoted by Evan Osnos:

“If the government does nothing, the technology is doomed to fail.”

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  Sustainability Lesson 5 Reading Discussion

Optionally, one could shorten the lecture and use class time for a discussion of the main reading.

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  Sustainability Lesson 4 Conclusion

This is an alternate concluding activity for the class. Summarize what you have learned in the past four lessons by drafting a 1-3 sentence statement or creating a mind map that includes the following terms: globalization, ecological footprint, carbon cycle

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  Sustainability Lesson 4 Conclusion to Panel Discussion

Briefly compare and contrast the points made by two panelists with different views. [Can be done individually, in pairs or small groups, or as a class. Prepares students for the post-debate writing assignment.]

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  Sustainability Lesson 4 Panel Debate on Global Warming

The panel debate is an additional option and it could be combined with the panel conclusion.

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  Sustainability Lesson 4 Reading Discussion

Optionally, one could shorten the lecture and use class time for a discussion of the main reading. (French, 2000).

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  Sustainability Lesson 4 Lecture and Discussion

Using lecture outline and PowerPoint slides, introduce students to the concepts of global warming. Integrate questions and discussion to make it interactive and allow for formative assessment of students’ thinking about the topics.

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  Sustainability Lesson 4 Hook

Introduce students to Gapminder World. Briefly demonstrate how the graphs work, and in particular how the bubbles/colors identify different countries and regions. Play “CO2 emissions Since 1820” to demonstrate increased global emissions over time and the USA’s move to the lead.

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