The Life of a Soccer Ball

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Link to Resource: https://www.epa.gov/students/life-soccer-ball
Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Language:English; Spanish
Organization:Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Summary:Use this document to help middle level students deepen their understanding of how everyday products like a soccer ball impact the environment in different ways. Most people -- adults and students alike -- don't give much thought to manufacturing processes and are unaware of the effects on the environment. With this resource, students follow a soccer ball through four stages of development -- Gathering and Processing Materials; Assembly; transportation; and Use and Beyond -- to learn how the ball is made and what can be done to reduce its environmental impacts. The document also has ideas for recycling used soccer gear and discussion questions for students to consider regarding the environmental impacts of other everyday products.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 7; Big Idea 9
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS3.A; ESS3.C
NGSS Performance Expectations:5-ESS3-1; HS-ESS3-2; HS-ESS3-4; K-ESS3-1; K-ESS3-3; MS-ESS3-3; MS-ESS3-4
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering); Developing and using models; Engaging in argument from evidence; Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation; Stability and change; Systems and system models
Subjects: 6-8; 9-12; elementary school; environment; epa; high school; k-12; k-3; k-4; k-5; k-5 geosource; k-6; k-8; k-9; middle school; natural resources; pollution; spanish
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