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Although this was written simply as a activity, the questions are comprehensive and could feasibly be used as an assessment at the end of a human ecology unit. Topics covered by the multiple choice and short answer questions include deforestation, industrialization, human population growth, pollution, and human environmental impact. The content is thorough.
Do you need a test paper for the topic of human impact on the environment? This will do the job nicely. Most of these questions are multiple choice, but the second page poses some problems where pupils have to answer with definitions, explanations or hypotheses. The questions mention America specifically, but the content is relevant to the Earth as a whole.
Some problems in the biosphere are listed and the cause and effects of the problem should be provided by your pupils. They should be able to include two positive actions to reduce the problem, and also be able to discuss reasons for the negative effects. A paragraph of information about plastic producing plants is included, as are 3 questions to test comprehension.
Ninth graders are introduced to the concept of population. In groups, they research the problems associated with overpopulation and underpopulation. They practice calculating birth and death rates and discus how they can be used to describe a country. To end the lesson, they focus on the role of women in population and how to voluntarly and involuntary control population.
Students explore food for the life cycle groups. They research a stage in the life cycle and its eating patterns, nutritional requirements, food preparation techniques, and three recipes. They interview those involved in food preparation and present their findings to the class.
Students are introduced to the Gaia hypothesis by examining a conceptual sketch. In groups, they analyze the way they can use Dewey's method for problem solving to solve problems within the environment. They are given a problem facing the environment and present their solutions to the class.
Students are introduced to the tropical rainforest through different ways that catch their attention such as: Visit a local botanical garden or conservatory so that students can see the variety of tropical plants in the world. They can visit the zoo, many large zoos have tropical rainforest exhibits. Before the class goes to the zoo, the teacher finds out what materials are available from the zoo's education department.