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How Have Human Impacts Changed Over Time?

Lesson Description:
In this lesson, students will learn how typical living conditions for humans have changed over time. They will examine a specific area of human habitation, then share and discuss what they learned with other students in a jigsaw group.
Lesson Type:
  • Group Work

Sustainability Topic:
  • Energy
  • Waste Reduction

GEF Program Category:
  • Waste Reduction Challenge

Standards Addressed:
NSE (Science)
  • Principles and theories of physical science: structure of atoms, structure and properties of matter, chemical reactions, motions and forces, conservation of energy and increase in disorder, interactions of energy and matter
  • Principles and theories of life science: cell, molecular basis of heredity, biological evolution, interdependence of organisms, living systems, behavior of organisms
  • Principles and theories of earth and space science: energy in the earth system, geochemical cycles, origin and energy of the earth system, origin and evolution of the universe
  • Means to understand and act on personal and social issues: personal and community health, population growth, natural resources, environmental quality, natural and human-induced hazards, science and technology in local, national, and global challenges

NCSS (Social Studies)
  • Time, Continuity, and Change: Study of the past and its legacy
  • Science, Technology, and Society: Study of relationships among science, technology, and society

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Lesson Documents:
application/pdf Human Impacts Over Time.pdf
Located in: Social Studies | Science

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