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9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Social Studies, English Language Arts, Health

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  • Activity - Classroom, 30 - 60 mins
  • Lesson Plans
  • Videos, 3 minutes, 54 seconds
  • Videos, 2 minutes, 42 seconds

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Meat or Veggies? The Impact of Diet on Climate

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  • In this media literacy lesson, students will analyze a news report and documentary clip about the effects of dietary choices on climate change.
  • This activity includes critical thinking questions and tips for decoding media messaging.
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  • The content will be relevant to students and may spur student conversations.
  • It provides an example of how a topic can "appear" to be debatable because someone makes a claim that is counter to the evidence.

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  • The questions can be easily modified to suit different levels or abilities.
  • This could be a great hook for science classes that are studying ecology, environmental science, population dynamics, trophic levels, or cellular respiration.
  • English language arts classes could use this resource to extend lessons about persuasive writing, opinion writing, or literacy.
  • Social studies classes could use this resource for lessons about the societal effects of profit-driven businesses, particularly those that are meant to inform the public.
  • Other resources that could extend this lesson include this interactive table of solutions that indicate dietary choices and food waste as two of the biggest solutions to climate change, and this video about human impacts on the planet.
Scientist Notes
The resource underscores the impact of the human diet on the global climate. Population growth coupled with dietary preferences influences the climate system. Solutions proposed in the resource to mitigate methane emissions from livestock production is valid and recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • HS-ESS2-1 Develop a model to illustrate how Earth’s internal and surface processes operate at different spatial and temporal scales to form continental and ocean-floor features.
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-2 Evaluate competing design solutions for developing, managing, and utilizing energy and mineral resources based on cost-benefit ratios.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.4.9-12 Analyze relationships and interactions within and between human and physical systems to explain reciprocal influences that occur among them.
    • Dimension 3: Gathering and Evaluating Sources
      • D3.2.9-12 Evaluate the credibility of a source by examining how experts value the source.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Science & Technical Subjects (6-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.4 Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 9-10 texts and topics.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.6 Analyze the author's purpose in providing an explanation, describing a procedure, or discussing an experiment in a text, defining the question the author seeks to address.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.7 Translate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text into visual form (e.g., a table or chart) and translate information expressed visually or mathematically (e.g., in an equation) into words.
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