Topic 8 Practical Ideas

Topic 8 Practical Ideas

Topic 8 provides many opportunities for students to compare how we, as humans, live in different parts of the world and how we impact the world. It gives them a chance to examine their own lives or that of their school and examine the impacts of solid domestic waste on the environment.

As part of my psow for this topic I visit a waste incinerator and a recycling center.

2.1 / 8.1 Modelling Population Growth

It is important to understand how "natural" populations grow and change over time in order to make comparisons with human populations. Students need to understand what "normal" population growth is, i.e....

8.1 Investigating Human Population Dynamics

This is one of my favourite investigations and ESS students generally love this topic. It can involve handling a lot of data and so is good practice for using Excel and learning how to process data. It...

8.2 Views on Natural Capital

I've never really done a practical activity associated with Natural Capital but there are opportunities to investigate how people view natural capital. I will also have students research the dynamic nature...

8.3 / 4.4 / 1.5 Cigarette Pollution

I really hate cigarettes! That's a powerful statement but they raise strong emotions in me. It's one of the biggest disappointments when you see young people starting their journey into cigarette smoking.

8.3 Biodegradability

When I was relaxing on a beach in Sicily, Italy, I was impressed by a group of students who were going around talking to the beach-goers. They wanted to raise awareness of the impact of rubbish being...

8.3 Biofuels

It can be an interesting project for students to make their own biofuel and to test its efficiency.In the past I have made biofuel as a demo and had students make it independently as part of a group 4...

8.3 Measuring Solid Domestic Waste Production

This topic can be a great stimulus for CAS with students taking action to measure and then reduce waste production at home or at school. There are lots of campaigns to ban single-use plastic bags or plastic...

8.3 Microplastic Pollution

Microplastics are a growing concern from the simple addition of plastic beads in cosmetic products to the accumulation of plastic fibres from washing synthetic clothing such as fleeces and the plastic...

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