ERIC Number: ED458171
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Toxic Waste in Grand Banks. Lesson Plan.
"Toxic Waste in Grand Banks" is an assessment task in which students from a high school economics class investigate the issues of economic prosperity, environmental concerns, government intervention in the market economy, and responsible civic participation in solving community problems. Students will demonstrate an ability--both individually and as part of a group--to gather information, think critically, solve problems, and reach consensus with others to facilitate responsible decision making, to understand complex ideas, and to generate new ideas. Real-world applications constitute an essential component of these skills and processes, and this assessment task seeks to meet these goals. Using a hypothetical situation in the local community of Grand Banks, students play various roles to simulate a government hearing into the cause and effect of a toxic waste dump discovered within the city limits. During the 5- to 7-day lesson, students have the opportunity to use their creative and communicative skills and their knowledge of the economic system to explore contemporary issues in a rational, critical, and interesting manner. This lesson plan provides a rationale; states goals and objectives; discusses Michigan social studies content standards; outlines a 10-step teaching procedure; and lists materials needed, most of which are attached. (Author/BT)
Descriptors: Economic Factors, Economics, Economics Education, Environment, Government Role, High Schools, Poisons, Simulation, Social Studies, Thinking Skills
Foundation for Teaching Economics, 260 Russell Boulevard, Suite B, Davis, CA 95616-3839. Tel: 530-757-4630; Fax: 530-757-4636; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. For full text: http://www.fte.org/teachers/lessons/lessons.htm.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Foundation for Teaching Economics, Davis, CA.
Note: For related lessons, see SO 033 064-079.