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Lesson Plan: The threats of unsustainable consumption and production

TIME: three lessons (3x45 minutes)

DESCRIPTION: A Lesson plan for grades 1-3 middle school (students age 13-16
years old) about sustainable consumption and risks of unsustainable
consumption and production.
The lesson plan can be used for geography, biology, science, general educational
Aims of the course:
Overall objective:
A student is aware of what is sustainable and unsustainable consumption and
production and also becomes aware what are the consequences of each.
Detail objectives:
- Knows the basic concepts of the sustainable and unsustainable consumption
and saving the natural resources.
- Understands the relationship between producing, consuming and generating
waste and devastation of the environment.
- Can replace the selected risks that arise as a result of unsustainable
- Knows the basic principles of sustainable consumption.
- can work effectively in a group.
- analyzes their own needs and ways to meet them in terms of their impact on
the environment.
- is aware of how significant impact on the environment is made by daily
consumer choices .

Methods and forms of work

- Working in groups, presentation, interpretation, elements of lecture, survey
- Methods of assimilation of knowledge: description, show, talk, discussion,
- Methods of independent investigation to knowledge: exchange of ideas
- Practical methods: Learner, tasks of production

Tools necessary for the implementation of activities:

Computer / laptop with Internet access and software for playing videos / photos
connected to the projector; projection screen; blackboard and chalk or flipchart
(large sheets of paper) and markers, and surveys.

The course of activities:

Lesson 1
1. Students will learn the definitions and principles of sustainable development
and realize
that the environment, the economy and are integral parts of a man and affect
one another.
2. The teacher gives a definition of unsustainable consumption and risks, and
sustainable consumption and students discuss what means to be self-centered
and ecocentric in everyday behavior - eg. daily consumption of water and
electricity, buying goods.
3. Students watch the film developed earlier by a group of students about
Unsustainable consumption and threats
4. Summing up short discussion

Lesson 2
5. Teacher starts the lessons reminding the topic of previous classes
6. Maslows hierarchy of needs exercises 1 -group work
7. Exercise 2 discussion
8. exercise 3 what do I spend the money on?
9. exercises 4 how long do you use the things you buy?
10. Exercise 5 FuturEU
11. Conclusions summing up the lesson

Lesson 3
12. Teacher divides the students into groups and each group thinks and gives the
(developing) the rules to be made on a new planet, they want to avoid the
pollution and degradation of the planet (examples of everyday ecological
behavior eg. how to save water, and use less energy at home or why segregation
of waste is a good idea, where and how often should we go shopping, and does it
really matter).
13. The groups present their results. Teacher helps you analyze received
examples of behavior in economic, social and environmental context.
14. Students choose five the most interesting and the most important rules to be
introduced on a new planet.
15. Students prepare a poster with 5 rules of life on FuturEU


1. What things are necessary for a human to live?
2. Consider and answer, what do you think helps your daily life or makes it more
fun? What products make your life easier and how often do you buy them?
3. What products do you think are unnecessary or unimportant?
4. What should I do to be a conscious consumer?
5. Does our daily consumer choices impact on environment? If so, whats the