Can People Save the Land?
Apr 20 2011
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Source: janskier
Summary Information


soil conservation, arable land, erosion, desertification, scarcity
Earth Science

Target Grade (Ages):

Grade 8 (Ages 13-14)

Estimated Time Required:

2-3 hours

Diversity Indicators:

All learners

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Average: 4 (1 vote)


John Tracey's picture

April 27, 2011 - 8:14pm

Excellent, this will really

Excellent, this will really work well in my class
mfrank78's picture

April 27, 2011 - 8:14pm

Thank you for the large list

Thank you for the large list of resources/links
Jeanne's picture

April 27, 2011 - 8:14pm

This is an activity that I

This is an activity that I can use in my class, even though my students are younger.
kscolari's picture

March 17, 2012 - 5:48pm

Showed that human Impact is not always negative

The focus for this lesson is very interesting and shows students that there are ways that people can make a difference toward making their community more sustainable. Though we encourage students to do their part to make their lives and their communities more sustainable, it often seems that they have the feeling that they cannot make change in this area. TThe erosion student handout and the article about Niger also required students to link the Earth Science topics to a current issue, which makes the topics more applicable. Even if students cannot directly relate to these topics, with this example they are able to see the causes of desertification, and by giving students this concrete example of how the people of Niger were able to reverse desertification through their own actions, students can be empowered. I like that you had students role-play and assume different points of view in order to explore the issue further and develop their own suggestions. I would have liked to see students be required to come up with more of an action plan so that they have to think through all of the criteria and contraints present and how their suggestions meet them and would be implemented. Overall, I really like this and plan to adapt some of your ideas into my own lessons that focus around sustainability.