Unit Description: Students will select a consumer product to investigate. In their investigation they will first determine the chemical compounds and trace the origins of those ingredients. In tracing their origin, students will locate parts of the world that the compound is sourced from. Using the sustainability triangle, they will examine and evaluate the impact of extracting, that resource. Next, they will investigate the rest of the product life cycle from production, to distribution, to consumption, to disposal and at each stage assess the sustainability impact. They will use those understandings to inform others about factors to consider when making consumer choices.
Project: Students will create two key products to share their understanding. They will create a document that captures their investigation findings and analysis. Secondly, inspired by the short film Plastic Bag, they will write a creative narrative that reflects the product personified as it moves through at least one phase of the product life cycle. Both products will be showcased online, and the students will be challenged to create a physical installation to attract the ISB community to engage with their online content.
Essential Questions: How are products produced, distributed, consumed? Are sustainable choices important?
- Geography & Economics – Impacts of decision making, connection between people, place, trade, production
- Writing – Narrative and explanatory
- Reading Strategies – decoding and annotating informational texts, paraphrasing and summarising
- Research Strategies – using effective search terms, evaluating sources
- Texts include: Informational text excerpts from Eyes Wide Open and Story of Stuff. Thematic poems and short stories including “Warned’, ‘Eyes Wide Open’, ‘The Lorax’, and ‘Rocking Horse Winner’.
21st Century Skills Focus: Global Thinking; Inquiry, Problem Solving and Critical Thinking