Lesson Plan

Environmental Justice Matters: Mapping Environmental Justice Impacts (Part 1)

A case study of Seattle, Washington permits class members to compare and rank how different areas of Seattle are impacted by environment burdens. Groups investigate different zip codes, collect data on five categories, and color-code a map of their area to reveal the results of their investigation.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Teachers should set aside time to read the linked preparation materials before conducting the lesson
  • Pre-bundle the five shades of colored pencils
Classroom Considerations
  • The first lesson of a two-part case study that maps different parts of Seattle, Washington
  • Fifth in the eight-lesson Environmental Justice unit
  • The lesson are designed to be taught in order
  • Requires extra prep time to collect and copy required materials; see included materials list for details
Pros
  • The 11-page packet includes a detailed plan, step-by-step directions for the activity, and extensive background information for instructors
Cons
  • None