How Big Is Your Footprint?

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Lesson Plans/Activity: How Big Is Your Footprint? Adode PDF
Grades: 5-8 , 9-12
Subject: Energy Efficiency and Conservation

An ecological footprint is a way to roughly measure the impact of a person’s choices on the environment. When students go online to calculate how many Earths it would take if everyone on the planet lived the way that they do, they will be astonished. Students increase their awareness of the impact of their choices on the Earth by studying the ecological footprint concept. They also learn how to calculate the mean, median, mode, and standard deviation of a set of data.

Curriculum: General Math, Algebra, Social Studies
Plan Time:Two class periods

National Standards: 5-8

  • INT-F: 3.b. Human activities can induce hazards through resource acquisition, urban growth, land-use decisions, and waste disposal.
  • INT-F: 3.c. Hazards can present personal and societal challenges because misidentifying the change or incorrectly estimating the rate and scale of change may result in either too little attention and significant human costs or too much cost for unneeded preventive measures.

National Standards: 9-12
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Graph or poster paper, calculators, Internet access.

Owner: Alliance to Save Energy