this activity, students will develop critical thinking and
awareness about the complexity of natural resource use, wealth
distribution, population densities, poverty, and the environment.
Students may, for the first time, think about people living
in different parts of the world and about the varying effects
of population vs. consumption in rich and poor countries.
For example, is a family of four in the USA that consumes
a lot of resources better or worse for the environment than
a family of 10 in Kenya that use only a small amount of resources
in daily living? The discussion and follow-up lab bring up
themes of equity, war, greed, responsibility, and caring.
There are three components to this activity, all of which
are in PDF (Adobe
Acrobat Required) and MS Word formats
1) Lesson outline
and explanations for teachers (PDF,
2) Critical thinking questions
for student completion (PDF, Word)
3) Country statistics spreadsheet for use during activity (PDF,