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Students explore how changes in human land use are impacting local environments. They also explore some of the social impacts of various land uses in their area. They identify and discuss some social impacts of the different land uses.
For this environment worksheet, students find the solutions to a real life case study after separating into different groups. There is also information about types of land use for scaffolding of the project.
Students identify social and ecological considerations where human uses of land and trees conflict with each other and ecosystem needs, and describe importance of land-use management and planning through role play.
In this geography skills activity, students respond to 33 multiple choice questions pertaining to land use and land changes.
Students examine the land use values of a variety of people in Kenya. They determine how these differences can cause conflict among those who use the same land area. They look at the conflict from different points of view and they attempt to find solutions.
Young scholars simulate population growth and land use capacity by playing a board game. In this science lesson, students create new guidelines to conserve land resources. They explain how the land's carrying capacity affects living things.
High schoolers consider decisions about how to use resources that are in short supply. Learners role-play different perspectives in a land-use simulation, and examine land use issues around the world. This interesting lesson sheds light on a very important topic.
Students participate in a simulation activity where they must decide whether or not to preserve an untouched forest. During the role play, students attend public hearings, discuss the pros and cons of nature development, create presentations in favor and opposition of the bylaw and have a group discussion. Additional games and activities dealing with land use are included.
Students discover how land use in their community has changed. In this community and ecology lesson, students scan old newspapers to find articles about the development of community land. Students discuss and predict how land use has changed over time. Students generate questions for a community member interview to gain related information.  Students interview citizens and share their written responses with with the class.
Students examine different types of land use by humans and evaluate the ways land is used in their local community. They also consider the environmental effects of the different types of land use. Students assume the role of community planning engineers and will create a future plan for their community. Students write an essay on land use from the viewpoint of a planning engineer.
Students explore the concept of environmental stewardship. In this service learning lesson, students examine private property land use practices in order to study their impact on the environment.
Learners analyze data and complete a worksheet about land use change in a coastal region. In this land use instructional activity, students discuss events that cause land use changes in coastal areas. They construct a change table to summarize data on land use changes on an imaginary island.
Young scholars discuss the importance of "land." They review the four types of land classification--urban, rural, agricultural and conservation--and participate in an activity involving an apple that demonstrates the use of land in Hawaii. They create a map that shows agricultural land use in Hawaii.
Students compare historical aerial photographs with current aerial photographs and determine what factors influenced land use decisions. THey evaluat e the impacts of different land use on an area. Students consider future changes in land use and the affect on a community.
Although this was written regarding Canadian agriculture, it can be used in any agriculture or environmental science class. Learners evaluate agricultural and economic activity maps and consider land use competition. Activities that get teenagers to look at real data on human impact will help prepare them to be responsible citizens in the future. 
Students categorize the land use within their assigned area. They conduct a visual critique of an area, identifying attractive and less attractive aspects. Pupils discuss how these contribute to or detract from a sense of community. Students define and give examples of visual pollution.
Learners investigate the laws of using land.  In this California Government lesson, students examine the many uses of land in California and find an environmental issue they care about.  Learners write a letter to a politician based on their issue.
Students conduct a visual survey to discover information about local land use and water quality; document their findings by mapping and profiling the water body; and use this initial investigation to raise questions about local land use.
Students study positive and negative aspects of land use laws and zoning ordinances. They participate in a land use planning exercise using a role play activity.
Students role play as members of interest group with a stake in a local land use issue. In preparation for the town hall meeting, students research their issue and gather pertinent information to persuade their audience.

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