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Building Sustainable Homes

8-10 yrs old

11-13 yrs old

Geography

Math & Economics

Science

Our world’s climate is changing at an unprecedented rate and more than likely because of human interactions with our world.

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March 6, 2018

Skills

  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking

External References


Learning Objectives

  • Students will create Minecraft worlds illustrating the process of climate change within the atmosphere and physical earth.
  • Students will design and build a sustainable home on sustainable land to withstand the process of climate change.
  • Students will make design changes as they research the connections with the real world related to the creation of environmentally sustainable homes.

Guiding Ideas

Mini-Lesson (whole class)
Critical vocabulary activity:
Divide students into small groups 3-4 and draw a vocabulary term.
•    Desertification
•    Hectare
•    Micro climate
•    Macro climate
•    Permeable
•    Humidity
•    Sustainability
•    Atmosphere
o    Groups have to discover what the term means, create a definition in their own words, and draw an icon/symbol to represent their vocabulary term.
o    Groups present their critical vocabulary term to the class.
o    Hook with https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpTHi7O66pI&nohtml5=False    TED talk with Allan Savory discussing “How to green the world’s deserts and reverse climate change.”

 

Class discussion:
o    What does Mr. Savoy suggest as possible solutions to reversing desertification? Do you agree or disagree?
o    If the earth were inhabitable, what would that look like?
o    What is climate change?
o    What is the difference between climate change in the atmosphere versus the physical earth?
o    What can we do to slow process of climate change?
o    How can we slow the process of climate change?
o    How can we design and build sustainable environments such as homes and land?

Student Activities

Independent or cooperative group activity choices 
•    Watch and Read:  http://planetearthherald.com/environmentally-sustainable-home-and-land/
Option One:

Design and create an environmentally sustainable plot of land with an environmentally sustainable home.
•    Students will create the home structure itself and can choose to go further by designing the interior
•    Students will create at least two features on the land outside to support the sustainability
Option Two:

Design and create an environmentally sustainable plot of land with an environmentally sustainable building or business.
•    Students will create the building/business structure itself and can choose to go further by designing the interior
•    Students will create at least two features on the land outside to support the sustainability

Performance Expectations

Evidence of Learning
•    Screenshots or screencast of world demonstrating the features of their environmentally sustainable home/land/building/business
o    Describe the features included outside the home/business/building and how they contribute to the sustainability.
o    How will your structure withstand atmospheric and physical climate change over the next 5 years?

 

 

Extension Activities
•    Students connect their learning by finding a similar home/land/building/business in the real world & doing compare/contrast.
o    Return to Minecraft world and make adjustments to resemble real world sustainability
•    LA/SS tie-in: Dustbowl in the US during the 30s
•    Book: Children of the Dust Bowl: The True Story of the School at Weedpatch Camp
•    Math tie-in:  Is the structure or plot of land to scale in Minecraft as to real-world.  Could you make it to scale with a focus on surface area?
•    ELA- Debate sustainability bringing two articles on opposing views of the topic.  Have students prepare to debate on each side of the topic.

Skills

  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking

External References


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