Input, Modeling, Check for Understanding
Closure: Independent Practice:
impacts of environmental change on people and society. Divide the class into partners. Half of the partners will read an article about Ecuador and half will read an issue about your local community. Teachers must select an appropriate article from their community to share with their students. This may range from water issues to urban sprawl. Your local paper is a great place to look for a relevant article. For the article about Ecuador, I would suggest using a recent series from NPR on the Galapagos Islands. You can play it for free or have the transcript emailed to you. The Web site is http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4793575. Another good article is on the BBC Web site at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4308537.stm. This addresses the impact of the oil industry on the indigenous peoples of the Ecuadorian Amazon. Teachers may wish to assign only part of this lengthy article. Have partners take turns reading and have them together record the main idea and one supporting detail for each paragraph (or appropriate amount of material). Once they are finished reading, they must write a brief summary on the article and prepare to share their findings with another group. Jigsaw: Match a pair that read about Ecuador with a group that read on your area. Have them share their findings with each other. Pass out or post Lesson 3 organizer. As a group of four, have students fill in chart. Have class share findings and perceptions. Have students write a letter to the editor where they express their opinion on one environmental issue that has arisen. Require student to state the problem, give their opinion, and suggest a solution. Assess notes from article, organizer, and letter to editor.
Lesson 4: How do people’s views on the environment change?
Do First/ Anticipatory Set:
Have students respond to this Native American proverb: We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our
Teaching: Input, Modeling, Check for Understanding
children. Have them share their interpretation and opinion. Also ask if they believe this is how most Americans think about the environment today. Explain that over time people’s ideas on how we should treat the environment has changed. Also, explain that different people and societies have many views on the environment and its importance. Choose a local issue (perhaps the same local issue used in Lesson 3) and expand on how the community has come to view the clash between the environment and society and how it has evolved. Have students research either an issue in your community or in