Alliance to Save Energy: How Big is Your Carbon Footprint?

During Mathematics Awareness Month, use this lesson plan to show your students how mathematics can further the understanding of sustainability, this year’s theme. The primary objective of the lesson is for students to understand the impact of the choices they make in terms of diet, energy consumption, and other resource uses after calculating how many Earths would be necessary to support the entire earth’s population in the manner in which your students are accustomed to living. They also practice mean, median, mode, and standard deviation as they work with the set of data they accumulate. Possible discussion questions and extensions for the lesson are provided.

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