One For All: A Natural Resources Game

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Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
6 7 8
Organization:Population Education; Science Friday
Publication Date:2014
Summary:Renewable resources are natural resources that naturally replenish themselves, such as fish and trees. Humans can use renewable resources again and again if we manage them properly. But if we don't give these resources an opportunity to reproduce, we can exhaust them quickly, especially as our demand grows. The tragedy of the commons theory asserts that individuals acting in their own best interest may deplete a shared resource at the expense of the interests of the whole group. When we manage shared resources, it is important that we use them cooperatively and sustainable rather than exploiting them for short-term gain. In the following activity, students play a game where cooperative decisions must be made is all participants are to benefit.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 7
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS3.A
NGSS Performance Expectations:MS-ESS3-1
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation
Subjects: environment; natural resources
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