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Ecological Footprint

Lesson Description:
Explore how our lifestyles affect our impact on the planet. ecological footprint can be used as a classroom assignment or discussion. the lesson will support classroom units that examine energy use, efficiency, conservation and climate change. 
In social studies and language arts, it may be used as a comparison of cultures, a reflection on the student’s life and a tool for scientific literacy. In mathematics, data generated may be used to support representations of numbers in real-world situations and the use of percentages and numeric comparisons.
part of, this is our most popular lesson!
Lesson Type:
  • Other

Sustainability Topic:
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Waste Reduction
  • Other

GEF Program Category:
  • Sustainable Water Challenge

Time Needed:
1 hour, more with extensions
Standards Addressed:
CT Science: 
  • Grade 6-7: 6.2; 6.4; 7.4
  • Grade 9: 9.6 D18; 9.9 D25, D26
  • Grade 10: 10.6; D43, D45

Scientific Literacy:
  • C INQ 6,7

CT Mathematics:
  • Grades 6-8 2.1

CT Social Studies:
  • Grades 6-8 Standard 9

CT Language Arts
  • Grades 6-8 1.2; 1.3; 1.4; 3.2

Materials Needed:
All materials are available free to download at , including a powerpoint, the paper footprint
School or Group:
Insitute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern Ct State Univ.
Contact Email:
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