Introducing Sustainable Intelligence – Middle School

This lesson sets the stage for students to develop sustainable intelligence. They begin by playing an interactive game that illustrates how innocent actions can turn into unsustainable practices that impact everyone and the Earth we call home. Students then discuss how the game illustrates a concept called the tragedy of the commons. Next, they watch a video and discuss the concept of sustainability. Together, the elements of this lesson help students create a base of understanding from which they can begin to exercise sustainability thinking as they analyse and explore a range of topics and apply what they learn in their everyday lives. 

What’s included in this module?

Teacher resources1 x lesson plan
Learner resources1 x activity resources
Projects – experimentsGoing Fishing Game

Module key questions

  • What is sustainability?
  • What impact do our lifestyles and choices have on one another and the environment?
  • What are some ways we can live in balance with nature and society?
  • Why is it important to cultivate sustainable intelligence?
  • What are the conditions that lead to a “tragedy of the commons”?

Module alignments

Grade | AgesGrade 5-8 | 11-14 years
Termn/a
CAPS subjectn/a
ThemeSustainable intelligence
Resource use and management
Sub-topicsSustainable use of resources
Different types of resources
Waste management and mismanagement
Sustainability and impact
Not Enrolled

Module Includes

  • 1 Lesson