My Carbon Footprint

In this module, students examine their energy habits and choices in terms of a "carbon footprint". Students start to understand how their individual actions impact the global environment. Students then start learning about alternative energy resources that are appropriate for their community.

What’s included in this module?

Teacher resources3 x lesson plans
1 x worksheet
1 x supporting resources
Learner resources2 x worksheets
3 x supporting resources
Projects – experiments1 x eco-audit

Module Key Questions

By the end of this module your learners should be able to answer the following questions:

  • What can a carbon footprint tell me about the impact my actions have on the environment?
  • How does using different kinds of lightbulbs impact our use of energy?
  • What kinds of choices about the products we regularly buy and use can we make to help conserve energy?
  • What are some key alternatives to fossil fuel energy?
  • What are the pros and cons of the most common energy alternatives?

Module alignments

Grade | AgesGrade 7-8 | 13-15 years
Term 3
CAPS subjectLife orientation
Subject strandHealth, social and environmental responsibility
Sub-topicsEnvironmental health issues (developing an environmental health programme within the school’s context)
Ways of being kinder to the Earth

This Module includes:

  • Aligned content: This content is aligned with: Curriculum Assessment Policy Statements (CAPS) and the Independent Examinations Board (IEB). A key aspect of these modules is their flexibility and customisation across curricula, such as Cambridge and Steiner/Waldorf Education.
  • A range of teaching strategies, skills and knowledge: The flow of the module has been structured using Project-Based Learning and Design Thinking frameworks. A variety of pedagogical approaches are present between and within each lesson. Learners are challenged theoretically and practically through project and problem-based inquiry of real-world issues.
  • Sustainable development goals: Each lesson is aligned with an appropriate United Nations Sustainable Development Goal(s).

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Module Includes

  • 3 Lessons

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