Science 8: Issues (Lesson 1)
Students will learn how to analyze the different factors affecting marine and freshwater environments, the human impacts on the environment and how to address these issues. This lesson shares some excerpts and quotes from the tracking change reports for the purpose of researching the different human impacts on the environment.
71% of the world’s surface is covered in water, from salt water systems to freshwater systems that we all interact and rely on. However, what happens when our actions as a society impact these vital ecosystems that are part of our daily lives for water, food, and fun? This lesson introduces students to researching and analyzing different human impacts on the environment, and invites students to make decisions that benefit local ecosystems.
Key questions for student inquiry:
How has human activity impacted the ecosystem including the people who rely on it? What is being done about the issue? What can you do to help address the issue?
Classroom (computer room, if desired)
Length of activity:
90-135 minutes/2-3 cass periods