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How We Impact the Earth

Students will learn how humans impact the earth and present their findings through a multimedia presentation.


  • To understand why and how the abiotic and biotic parts of Earth are being changed.
  • To understand the possible short and long-term consequences of these changes if they are allowed to continue.
  • To research possible solutions and ways to work cooperatively to minimize or reverse our negative impact on Earth.


    PART I
  • Using the wireless computer lab, students research the ways in which humans impact the biotic and abiotic parts of Earth.
  • A list of impacts is generated for each class. Class generated list becomes the topics to be investigated and presented in a Keynote presentation.
  • Groups of 4 students will choose one of the problems from the class list of human impacts.
  • Each member of the group is responsible for 1 of the following essential questions. The answers will become a part of the group's final project.
  • What is the problem?
  • Who or what is being affected by the problem and why?
  • If the problem were to continue, what are the possible long and short-term consequences to the biotic and abiotic parts of Earth?
  • What is already being done to solve the problem? What are some additional possible solutions?
  • Groups will organize and present the information gathered in a multimedia slideshow presentation. Scoring will be done using an assessment rubric.

Sunshine State Standards

  • SC.G.2.3.1
  • SC.G.2.3.2
  • SC.G.2.3.3
  • SC.G.2.3.4

NETS Profiles for Technology Literate Students

  • Use content-specific tools, software, and simulations (e.g., environmental probes, graphing calculators, exploratory environments, Web tools) to support learning and research.
  • Apply productivity/multimedia tools and peripherals to support personal productivity, group collaboration, and learning throughout the curriculum.
  • Collaborate with peers, experts, and others using telecommunications and collaborative tools to investigate curriculum-related problems, issues, and information, and to develop solutions or products for audiences inside and outside the classroom.
  • Select and use appropriate tools and technology resources to accomplish a variety of tasks and solve problems.


  • Wireless computer lab
  • Keynote or Power Point software
  • Assessment Rubric

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