Where does all our stuff go?
In this project students will learn about the complex issue of production and consumption patterns via the 20 minute , fast paced online video called the Story of stuff. The film exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and encourages viewers to create a more sustainable and just world. Students will consider their own consumption habits and those of their global peers. They will have the opportunity to raise awareness for the issues raised in the film via the creation of multimedia campaigns based on their research.
Time Required: 3-4 lessons
Students who complete this project will recognize issues of production and consumption and the need for sustainability.
Students who complete will have the opportunity to respond to the issues related to excessive consumption and exploitation of natual resources.
1. In class brainstorm the idea of consumption by asking students to contribute to a general list of stuff that they own. Write their answers on the blackboard.
2. Have them work in groups and assign each group a different categorization task. a) rank according to necessity can live with or with out it, or how many times a day they use the item in question b) categorize items according to type of technology c) categorize according to which ones they upgraded most often in terms of models d) which ones could be recycled. Have each group present the results of their categorization activity.
2. Encourage the students to consider which of the products or gadgets are recycled? What happens to all the things that we throw out?
3. Tell the students that they are going to watch a 20 minute film which addresses the issue of production and consumption. Preteach the main ideas or terms as presented in the film exploitation, production, distribution, consumption and disposal.
4. Screen the film once without stopping but provide the students with link to watch it again.
5. After viewing encourage a class discussion about the parts of the movie that they found the most suprising. Use the documentation from the site to challenge them on facts presented in the film to see if they remember.
6. Have students share their impressions of the film on the classroom blog. Invite registered TigED global classrooms to participate in the project and on the blog.
1. Have students work in groups and consider one type of product that causes problems due to the fact that it is being highly consumed and discarded. Ideas include, computers, plastic bags, mp3 , televisions, etc.
2. Have groups research the products, what they are made of, how and where they are disposed of, how they are dangerous to environment once disposed of.
3. Have groups present multimedia campaigns to raise awareness of environmental problems with their chosen product and promotion of either recycling or message of less consumption. Students can use powerpoint, or other online forms of multimedia tools.
4. Have each group present their finished project to others in order to generate feedback.
5. Upload finished projects to the TiGEd website and invite global partners to comment on the finished product.
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