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People And Place


Found in: math; science; social studies; 6-8

People And Place: Curriculum Resources On Human-Environmental Interactions is a collection of fourteen case studies that examine human adaptation to and modification of the environment. Case study activities use primary and secondary sources, graphs, charts, and maps. Designed for 6th grade, the activities can be adjusted for other grades. An introduction and standards alignment ( PDF, 380 KB, 8 pgs.) can be downloaded. Case studies are aligned with TEKS and National Geography Standards.

Air Pollution in Mexico City ( PDF, 1 MB, 23 pgs.) Students examine varied factors that create air pollution, its serious health effects, and the pros and cons of various solutions. They work in groups of four to prepare and present a written or visual presentation of a plan to lessen air pollution in Mexico City.

The Aral Sea (Central Asia) ( PDF, 1 MB, 24 pgs.) Students study changes in the Aral Sea to learn how the quantity and quality of water is affected by different factors and how negative effects have environmental, social, economic, and health consequences. Students assume the roles of citizens and discuss how changes in sea level have affected them.

Sailing the Great Sand Sea ( PDF, 1.4 MB, 24 pgs.) Students learn how North African traders adapted to the Sahara desert to extract natural resources and engage in trans-desert trade. Working in small groups, students choose from a list of harsh environments to consider similar adaptations.

The Zabbaleen, Cairo's Garbage Workers ( PDF, 575 KB, 19 pgs.) Students examine the zabbaleen, the people who work as garbage collectors and recyclers in Cairo and how their success has contributed to urban growth. Students work in pairs or small groups to choose a geographic location, design a town, and plan to cope with its growing population.

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