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Ecuador: People and their Impact on the Environment Fulbright-Hays Seminar Abroad, Summer 2005 ... - page 2 / 5





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Standards: Arizona State Social Studies Standards Strand 4: Geography, Concept 5: Environment and Society Human and environmental interactions are interdependent upon one another. PO1: Describe how humans modify ecosystems (e.g., deforestation and desertification). PO2: Describe why humans modify ecosystems (e.g., resources, economic livelihood). PO3: Explain how changes in the natural environment can increase or diminish its capacity to support human activities (e.g., global warming, pollution, mining, natural disasters, water table). PO5: Analyzing changing viewpoints on the best use of natural resources (e.g., value of oil, water use, forest management).


  • 1.

    Student will understand ways in which humans have altered their environment and why.

  • 2.

    Students will use Ecuador as a case study in understanding how humans interact with and impact their environment. They will use Ecuador as a frame of reference when studying their own community.

  • 3.

    Students will reflect on the attitudes and priorities of various communities, including their own, in their interaction with the environment.


  • PowerPoint

  • Lesson 1 Venn Diagram

  • Lesson 2 Graphic Organizer

  • Lesson 3 Chart

  • Butcher Paper

  • Tape

  • Markers

  • Articles

Lesson Plans: Lesson 1: How have humans changed the environment?

Do First/ Anticipatory Set:

Writing Prompt: “What changes have you noticed in our city as you have grown up?” After 5 minutes, have students share answers with partners. 1. Teacher introduces topic and either passes out or posts (for students to copy) a Venn diagram (Handout 1). Have students list changes for their hometown in the Venn diagram—teacher does so on overhead.

Teaching: Input, Modeling, Check for Understanding

Guided Practice:

2. Present PowerPoint presentation. Have students record in Venn Diagram ways the environment has been altered in Ecuador. 1. Share answers on overhead. 2. Have students in groups of 2-4 fill out the center of the diagram reflecting on similarities between Ecuador and their hometown.

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