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This activity is used as an end of the year project to summarize what the students have learned about the human effect on the earth. It is intended to provide a greater perspective on the subject through student interviews of other people (parents and grandparents) on the topics that they have learned about. The students will come up with a list of interview questions and conduct three interviews to learn about the past, present, and future of "Mother Earth". The past interview is completed by someone over 60, the present interview is completed by someone over 35 and the future is completed by the student who is to make predictions of the status of the earth in 50 years. The students then have to come up with a visual aid that illustrates what they have learned about the three different time periods. Then, the students use this information to conduct a newscast.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
  • Environmental science
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
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DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-003-982
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • K-4:
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Changes in environments
        • Characteristics / changes in populations
    • 5-8:
      • C - Life science:
        • Population and ecosystems
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Populations, resources, environments
    • 9-12:
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Environmental quality
        • Natural and human-induced hazards
        • Natural resources
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Lisa Fernandez
No institutional affiliation is known

Publisher: The National Health Museum
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