In this activity, students will use their prior knowledge and
share experiences regarding conservation issues.
1. Have students brainstorm about the conservation issues
facing their immediate society. Have them think about recent
news stories related to water, power, agriculture and
forestry. Write their ideas on a board.
2. Divide the class into small groups and assign each group
a specific conservancy issue. Use the following categories:
Group One: Electricity
Group Two: Water
Group Three: Oil (petroleum)
Group Four: Forests
Have students consider the following questions in their
What are the individual, social, and environmental
factors surrounding the conservation of these
What are the short-term and long-term consequences to
non-conservancy of these resources?
The purpose of this activity is to give students an
understanding of the complexity of defining the issue of
1. Divide the class into pairs. Have each group conduct an
Internet search on "desertification." Each group should
collect at least five important facts about this process.
They may use the sites below as a start: