Human Impact: From Global to Local

When thinking about human impact on environments students often think about global issues that are typically popularized in media. This unit focuses on building creative thinking when thinking about solutions for global issues but then emphasizes the need to tackle local issues. Students will build their creative thinking, service learning, advocacy, and digital techniques through the use of direct engagement with these concepts and the environment near their school.
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Standards Aligned

Next Generation Science Standards, Social Studies (C3), Common Core ELA, Na Hapena A'o

Community Partner(s)

For the learning journey portion of this unit plan, it is recommended to take students to a place in close proximity to their school that focuses on ecological restoration.

Essential Question

Why should we care about our impact on the environment?

Enduring Understanding

  • Students understand that the health of an environment is impacted by external factors.
  • Students understand that diversity within and between environments affects the interactions that occur in an ecosystem.


Learner Level High School

Primary Content Science, Social Studies, English Language Arts