Consumption, Materials curriculum
Some concepts just naturally engage students’ curiosity. Consumption—how we “buy, use, and toss”—is one of those engaging concepts. Because consumption is current, relevant, and real, it is an ideal context for teaching core subject matter and 21st-century skills such as critical thinking and collaboration. Consumption is by nature an inter-disciplinary concept. Students can build math and science skills while calculating the carbon footprint of shipping blue jeans across the ocean, or they can engage in civic discourse during a discussion of how we dispose of our waste. Buy, Use, Toss? is a two-week unit that provides multiple entry points to help students think critically about consumption.
Facing the Future, Western Washington University, "Buy, Use, Toss? A Closer Look at the Things We Buy - An Interdisciplinary Curriculum Recommended for Grades 9–12" (2010). Facing the Future Publications. 12.
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