HES Lesson 5 Learning Goals

Target Student Performance

Lesson 5 – Consequences of Our Lifestyles (students as explainers)


Target Performance

Activity 5.1 Extreme Makeover: Lifestyle Edition (45 min)

Students choose preferred lifestyles based on data about four countries (United States, France, China, Ethiopia) and compare CO2 emissions based on those lifestyles.

Activity 5.2 Carbon Emissions Jigsaw (60 min)

Students explain the mechanisms through which human activities and technologies in four different areas (electricity, transportation, buildings, food) lead to CO2 emissions.

Activity 5.3 Energy Scenarios (30 min)

Students explain how different personal activities (energy scenarios) lead to CO2 emissions.

Activity 5.4 Strategies for Lowering Carbon Emissions (45 min)

Students create and share posters explaining strategies for reducing CO2 emissions.

NGSS Performance Expectations

High School

  • Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics. HS-LS2-5. Develop a model to illustrate the role of photosynthesis and cellular respiration in the cycling of carbon among the biosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and geosphere.
  • Earth and Human Activity. HS-ESS3-6. Use a computational representation to illustrate the relationships among Earth systems and how those relationships are being modified due to human activity.


Middle School

  • Human Impacts. MS-ESS3-4. Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capital consumption of natural resources impact Earth's systems.
  • Earth and Human Activity. MS-ESS3-5. Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.