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Where Do Your Possessions Come From?

Lesson Description:
Students will:
  • list some popular and valuable items and the materials of which they are made;
  • brainstorm ideas about the environmental and human impacts of extracting the materials on their list;
  • choose one of their most valued possessions, and research the extraction process and environmental and human impacts associated with the most prominent material in that item;
  • draw a picture of their possession and write captions describing the related extraction process and environmental and human impacts; and
  • write paragraphs describing their reaction to the things they have learned in this lesson.

Lesson Type:
  • Other

Sustainability Topic:
  • Waste Reduction

Standards Addressed:
Connections to the Curriculum:
  • Geography
  • Environmental science
  • Economics
  • History

Connections to the National Geography Standards:
  • Standard 14: "How Human Actions Modify the Physical Environment"
  • Standard 16: "The Changes That Occur in the Meaning, Use, Distribution, and Importance of Resources"

Geographic Skills:
  • Asking geographic questions
  • Acquiring geographic information
  • Organizing geographic information
  • Analyzing geographic information

Materials Needed:
  • Computer with internet access
  • Writing and drawing materials

School or Group:
National Geogrpahic
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Located in: Social Studies

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