Lesson Plan Overview
Get Into The Game
How Bad Can It Get?
Life Is Starting To Change
Elasticity and Collapse
Food Without Oil
Preparation and Community
Your World Without Oil
Elasticity and Collapse
The economy continues to falter under the burden of a World Without Oil. The shortages and outages are forcing almost everyone to try to adapt. Many people and businesses are elastic they are trying alternatives to oil, such as carpooling and consolidation. Many individuals, families, businesses and in some cases entire industries, however, are finding that they have no good alternatives to energy from cheap oil they are inelastic. This lesson investigates the factors that define elasticity in relation to oil factors such as lifestyle, geography, setting (urban, suburban and rural) and community. People have begun viewing transportation in a much different light.
As you present developments in the oil crisis, ask the students to talk realistically about the effects in their own lives, as if the oil crisis were really happening. As they try to anticipate what will happen next in the crisis, they will naturally explore the role that resources have in their lives.
Before the Lesson
Part 1: Set the Stage
Student Page for this lesson is here:
This page summarizes ideas and instructions for students.
Part 5: Take It Further
Distribute this to your students:
As the oil shortage creates dramatic economic shifts, people are needing to redefine many of their day-to-day activities. PeakProphet at Notes from the Heartland asks us to look at a life beyond oil:
In this post he challenges you to look at what you do and how much energy it consumes. Then try and find ways to reduce or eliminate that consumption. To take it further today, read PeakProphet's post and complete his mission. Make sure to post your list to your blog and add any drawings, photographs, or video that might help illustrate your potential life changes.
National Standards (McREL)
Overarching (All Lessons)
Understands the search for community, stability, and peace in an interdependent world
Level IV (Grades 9-12), Benchmark 2:
Understands rates of economic development and the emergence of different economic systems around the globe (e.g., systems of economic management in communist and capitalist countries, as well as the global impact of multinational corporations; the impact of black markets, speculation, and trade in illegal products on national and global markets; patterns of inward, outward, and internal migration in the Middle East and North Africa, types of jobs involved, and the impact of the patterns upon national economies; the rapid economic development of East Asian countries in the late 20th century, and the relatively slow development of Sub-Saharan African countries)
Lesson 4: Specific Standards
Standard 10: Understands basic concepts about international economics
Level IV, Benchmark 2: Knows that a nation has an absolute advantage if it can produce more of a product with the same amount of resources than another nation, and it has a comparative advantage when it can produce a product at a lower opportunity cost than another nation
Level IV, Benchmark 6: Understands that public policies affecting foreign trade impose costs and benefits on different groups of people (e.g., consumers may pay higher prices, profits in exporting firms may decrease), and that decisions on these policies reflect economic and political interests and forces
Standard 9: Understands the nature, distribution and migration of human populations on Earth's surface
Level IV, Benchmark 2: Knows how human mobility and city/region interdependence can be increased and regional integration can be facilitated by improved transportation systems (e.g., the national interstate highway system in the United States, the network of global air routes)
Level IV, Standard 11: Understands the patterns and networks of economic interdependence on Earth's surface
Level IV, Benchmark 3: Understands the relationships between various settlement patterns, their associated economic activities, and the relative land values (e.g., land values and prominent urban features, the zoned uses of land and the value of that land, economic factors and location of particular types of industries and businesses)
Standard 12: Understands the patterns of human settlement and their causes
Level IV, Benchmark 5: Understands the physical and human impact of emerging urban forms in the present-day world (e.g., the rise of megalopoli, edge cities, and metropolitan corridors; increasing numbers of ethnic enclaves in urban areas and the development of legislation to protect the rights of ethnic and racial minorities; improved light-rail systems within cities providing ease of access to ex-urban areas)
Standard 17: Understands how geography is used to interpret the past
Level IV, Benchmark 1: Understands how the processes of spatial change have affected history (e.g. the development of the national transportation systems in the U.S.)
Standard 18. Understands global development and environmental issues
Level IV, Benchmark 1: Understands the concept of sustainable development and its effects in a variety of situations (e.g., toward cutting the rain forests in Indonesia in response to a demand for lumber in foreign markets, or mining the rutile sands along the coast of eastern Australia near the Great Barrier Reef)
State Standards (All Lessons)