What is Nature's Carrying Capacity?|
- Sustainable Development
GRADE LEVELS: 7 to 12|
DURATION: 5 to 6 classes
DESCRIPTION: Students will study the theory that social development must occur at a rate that can be supported by nature; otherwise such development will result in negative effects upon nature and upon the environment.
GOALS: From studying examples of sustainable development, students will:
- understand the 'carrying capacity' of nature, in any area/region/place, will effect the quality of man's lifestyle (e.g., food supplies, usable water supplies, soil types);
- appreciate the natural resources found in an area/region/place and ways these resources improve the quality of life for human inhabitants;
- understand the need for inhabitants of built-up environments (cities, neighborhoods, towns, villages) to embrace 'stewardship' practices that guarantee available resources for future generations.
OBJECTIVES: Students will:
- define selected vocabulary and incorporate into writings and presentations;
- read about 'carrying capacity', natural resources, built environments, culture traits;
- write about 'carrying capacity, natural resources, built environments, culture traits;
- use globes and maps to locate natural resource areas, built environments, natural environments, etc;
- build model communities - representing types of architecture, areas of economic activity, open spaces, residential zones, etc;
- create bulletin board displays;
- research selected topics;
- question guest speakers;
- use a variety of print/nonprint and Internet resources;
- conduct oral history interviews;
- work cooperatively in groups;
- use cameras and videotape equipment to collect data.
- digital cameras, videotape equipment and tapes
- audio tape recorders and tapes
- globes and maps
- print resources (books, magazines, newspapers)
- audiovisual presentations (films, filmstrips, still photographs, slides, audio tapes, videos)
- community resources (people, places, things, events, processes)
Students will visit local/area places and sites in order to gain first-hand knowledge regarding topics/situations related to Sustainable Development.
Audiovisual presentations will be used to introduce/expose students to issues related to 'carrying capacity', culture traits, lifestyles, natural resources, and built environments on a (distant) global scale.
Interacting with community resource people, students will acquire information pertaining to Sustainable Development issues/topics and policies in the local community, and will conduct research activities at field-based sites.
Guest speakers, print materials, Internet resources, audiovisual presentations, 'television-in-the-classroom' presentations, etc. will introduce students to types of built environments, on a global scale, and discuss/depict the impact of natural environments on human activities and lifestyles.
As a result of these activities, students will become advantaged, better informed about contemporary and historical issues and events in their lives/in their community - as a result of varied experiences and access to knowledge/skills acquisition, application, reinforcement, and refinement.
Students will demonstrate their ability to::
- write about selected issues/topics,
- create audio/visual presentations,
- conduct field-based research,
- collect data,
- create research reports,
- demonstrate globe/maps skills,
- create bulletin board displays,
- talk about selected issues/topics,
- conduct interviews - as part of an oral history project.
Helpful Reading: World's Boreal Forests: Management & Sustainability