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Sustainability of Resources and Consumerism

Sustainability of Resources and Consumerism

Author: Beth Barsness
  1. Students will be able to define and give examples of “planned obsolescence”.
  2. Students will be able to explain how their cell phone use affects people in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), through the mining of coltan.
  3. Students will choose a product and be able to determine its necessity, environmental impact, obsolescence, and necessary resources.

The goal of this lesson is to educate students on how their consumerism affects the Earth’s non-renewable resources.

Length of time needed:  120 mins

This lesson was written by Susie Newman.

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Lesson Plan

This lesson can be downloaded to your computer as a PDF document. If you would like to edit this document for your classroom needs, go to the "Handouts and Materials" section and click on the corresponding link.


Source: Susie Newman

Handouts and Materials

The following files can be downloaded to your computer:

Lesson Plan (Word document)

Word Bank Worksheet (Word document)

Coltan Vocabulary Terms (Word document)

Coltan: The Dirty Truth (PDF document)

Advertisement Activity (Word document) 



Source: Susie Newman