Activity Overview

There are many ways we can work to reduce the effect we have on the environment. Get your students to think of different ways they can reduce their carbon footprint and reduce their impact on global warming. In this activity, they'll create a T Chart that proposes alternative activities to things they (or others) do in their lives.

The suggested activities in this assignment are driving to work, turning your heating up too high, throwing a soda can in the trash, and taking short flights. You can change these easily to anything you want or even let your students decide on the activities. Make this more challenging for students by giving them a theme for their activities. For example, ask your students to think of ways to be greener in school. Alternatively, have your students research what activities release the largest amount of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and then think of greener alternatives for those activities.

This activity could provide a great stimulus for a class discussion on what your students can do to reduce their carbon footprint and reduce their contribution to global warming.

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Think of ways to make common activities better for the environment.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. In the right hand column add the following activities in the description boxes then illustrate them with scenes, props, and characters.
    • Driving to work or school in a private car
    • Setting your heating too high at home
    • Throwing a soda can in the trash
    • Taking short flights
  3. Think of an idea of how you can make each activity greener. Illustrate your idea with a series of scenes, props, and characters.
  4. Write a sentence describing under each one describing how your idea is better for the environment.

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [SCI-MS-ESS3-3] Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.


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