Brooks Crossing Cycle 2 Projects

7 Billion People:  A Planet Under Pressure – Fifth Grade students learned about the fact that our population has reached 7 billion people. They used their birthday to find out what number they are out of 7 Billion.  After talking about the importance to think globally, but act locally, students brainstormed one way that they could help the environment.  Click on the link below to see our video!

BC 5th Grade 7 Billion

Students then looked at and compared consumption and population maps.  After identifying basic human needs, students were split into small groups to research 4 global resources:  food, water, energy, and clean air.  Students prepared a multi-media presentation to share at “The Convention of Global Resources.”  Click on the links below to see the presentations that were created by each group.  Enjoy!

Energy

Water

Pollution

Food

5th Grade Students – Just because we are done with our cycle, doesn’t mean your thinking on this topic should stop!  Use the questions below to do some more thinking about our population and resources.  If you have a response or something to add on to what we’ve talked about, comment on this post.  It’d be great to keep our discussion going!

  • What are some other resources people need to survive?
  • Do you think we will have shortages of these as our population goes up?
  • What are some ways that we can distribute the resources more evenly to other continents?
  • What do you think will happen to the world population in the future?  Which continents do you think will grow the most?  Why?
  • If you could move to another continent which would it be and why?

 

Convention on Global Resources

Food

Word Hunger Organization – 2011 Statistics & Facts
http://www.worldhunger.org/articles/Learn/world%20hunger%20facts%202002.htm

Do Something.org – Facts about Global Hunger
http://www.dosomething.org/actnow/tipsandtools/11-facts-about-hunger-across-world

Earth Kids – Information on Hunger
http://www.earthskids.com/hunger.aspx

Water

Water Footprint – Information on the world’s water supplies.
http://www.waterfootprint.org/?page=files/home

Map:  The world’s water hotspots.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/3754520.stm

Energy

EPA – Global Climate Change
http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/kids/

Information about Energy & Natural Resources
http://energyquest.ca.gov/story/index.html

Pollution

Map:  The world’s pollution hotspots.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4083331.stm

Clean Air for Kids
http://www.clean-air-kids.org.uk/index.html

National Geographic Article on Clean Air
http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/pollution-overview/