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Review the problems associated with forestry practices in the 21st century, e.g., deforestation, loss of biodiversity, excessive greenhouse gas emissions. Explain to the students that, in order to reduce the problem, action must be taken to encourage more sustainable forestry practices around the globe. Action can take place at:
a global level (international organizations, such as the World Rainforest Movement)
a national level (governments)
an individual level (people).
Explain to the students that the clearing of the world’s forests on a massive scale in recent years has prompted international organizations and governments across the world to take action against unsustainable forestry practices. Countries around the world are encouraged to apply the Principles of Forest Management, developed at the 1992 Earth Summit, stating that forests should be managed in a way that meets the needs of both present and future generations.
What fraction of trees cut down is used to make paper?
What idea is presented in this video to help save paper?
Do you think this is a good idea? Why or why not?
Provide the students with a copy of the Action Plan Graphic Organizer. Next to the ‘Goal’ space at the top of the page, ask the students to write the following: To reduce the amount of paper we use each day in the classroom.
Explain to the students that one small idea, like the ‘Minus 1’ concept presented in the video, can create positive change when implemented by society. Encourage the students to think of one idea that could be implemented in the classroom to reduce paper use. Students must identify and record the following content on their action plans:
Action – What needs to be done?
Responsibility – Which people or groups must act?
Challenges – What problems may need to be overcome?
Success Criteria – How will you know that the goal has been achieved?
Once the students have finished, ask them to share their action plans with the class. Encourage the class to select a suitable action plan to implement in the classroom.
Encourage more capable students to write a paragraph to predict the possible outcome, should their action plan be implemented.
Allow less confident students to verbalize their ideas for their action plan before starting the task.
Suggested Assessment Strategies
used strategic whole class or individual questioning
observed student participation during learning activities