With some library research, students can expand their environmental awareness. The following activity works
well in groups or independently.
WHAT YOU NEED
- A 2'x2' square of oak tag or poster board for each student or group
- A world globe or a map of the world
- Pencils, colored markers
- Hole punch
WHAT TO DO
- Have students brainstorm a list of environmental issues in the world today. You may wish to
write their ideas on the chalkboard.
- Have students form small groups. Each group should choose one issue to research. When researching, students
should focus their notes on the following:
- Problems that are related to the issue
- Causes of the problems
- Effects of the problems on people
- Possible solutions to the problems
- What students can do to help solve the problems
- Have groups display their work. Here's one idea:
Cut a 20" diameter circle out of the square piece of oak tag or poster board.
On the front, draw one hemisphere of a world global map.
Write the name of the research issue on the map.
On the back of the map, list the findings of the research, under the following headings:
Problems, Causes, Effects, Solutions, and What We Can Do.
Hang completed "globes" from the ceiling with string.
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