Lesson plan : Reduce carbon footprint

Objective: Students will understand the concept of a carbon footprint and learn ways to reduce it to help the environment.

Materials Needed: Paper, Pencils, Crayons/markers, Internet access, Shredder (optional)

Lesson Duration: 45-60 minutes

Introduction (5 minutes): Discuss what a carbon footprint is (the amount of carbon dioxide and other carbon compounds emitted due to the consumption of fossil fuels by a particular person, group, etc.).Explain why reducing our carbon footprint is essential to protect the environment and reduce climate change.

Activity 1: Video Research (10 minutes): Divide students into small groups. Each group searches for a video online about reducing carbon footprints.After watching, groups summarize key points and discuss them as a class.

Activity 2: Drawing and Notes (15 minutes): Provide each student with a piece of paper and drawing materials. Ask them to draw a large foot on the paper. Around the foot, have them write or draw things they can do to reduce their carbon footprint (e.g., using less electricity, walking/biking instead of driving, recycling).

Activity 3: Choice time (15-20 minutes): Explain the concept of choice time, when students can choose an activity related to the lesson. Offer the option of going to the shredder to shred paper waste (such as old worksheets or drawings) to reduce paper waste and visual pollution.

Conclusion (5 minutes): Review key points about reducing carbon footprints. Discuss how small actions, like shredding paper, can contribute to a healthier environment.

Extension Activity (optional): Have students create a poster or infographic summarizing ways to reduce carbon footprints, incorporating their drawings and notes from the lesson.

Assessment: Monitor student participation in activities and discussions. Review students’ drawings and notes to assess their understanding of ways to reduce carbon footprints.

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