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Haunted Cry of a Long Gone Bird

Classroom Activity


Objective
To explore the complex interactions of social, economic, and ecological issues involved in developing environmental policies.

Materials for each team
  • copy of "Dateline 2014" student handout (PDF or HTML)
Procedure
  1. Divide the class into four groups, and provide each group a copy of the copy of "Dateline 2014" student handout.

  2. Assign each group one of the four "Eco-Web Factors." Instruct each group to brainstorm a list of the positive and negative aspects of their category at the present time. Then have them list the key changes, improvements, or actions required in each area. Each group should then select a representative to present its findings to the entire class. Use the following questions to guide the discussion:

    • For the Dateline 2014 scenario to happen, what actions must take place?

    • How would fishermen, governments, consumers, oil companies, and environmentalists have to work together?

    • What are some of the major obstacles?

    • What data would you need in order to assess the effectiveness of the actions taken?

Activity Answer

This activity can be used to focus a class discussion around the complex interactions of social, economic, and ecological issues that are involved in developing environmental policies. As each group proceeds through the activity, students will be challenged to resolve competing needs from among different interest groups or environmental forces. Their answers should include both the positive and negative effects of each factor.

Teacher's Guide
Haunted Cry of a Long Gone Bird
PROGRAM OVERVIEW VIEWING IDEAS CLASSROOM ACTIVITY




Video is not required for this activity