Making Interactive Maps
The Journey of Stuff
Last Edited: 06/13/2018
Herman (leonard) Intermediate
- 6 - 8
- Science / Engineering
- 4 - 5 hours
- 1:1 devices
- Internet access
- Access to Google My Maps: https://www.google.com/maps/d/
- Product Carbon Footprint - Handout 1 - The handout has three sections, which are completed at different steps of the map creation
- Interactive Map Creation Directions (slide deck)
- Interactive Map Rubric
What is my favorite product's impact on the environment?
I start this lesson by asking the students, "How do goods get from a factory to you?", followed by "How is the transportation of goods related to climate change?", while showing the following infographic.
We discuss the different ways that goods are shipped, and I ask, "Which mode of transportation do you think causes the most CO2 emissions?", and show the following image:
I tell students that over the next couple of days they will be exploring how a product of their choice is made in order to track its journey from raw materials to manufacture, shipping and finally to a store near us. I explain that they will create an interactive map with this information, figuring out and presenting the likely emissions of their product in order to answer the question "How much pollution is generated by the transportation of my favorite product?"
I show the students my own voyage of sneakers map, showing the different layers in order to help them visualize what I mean.
I tell students that first, they will need to decide on a product and gather the necessary information. I tell the students to gather their devices and create a copy of the Product Carbon Footprint - Handout 1. As students are working to record their information, I circulate the room helping students who may have difficulty finding some of the information.
I expect students to be done with the information gathering at the beginning of day two. However, you may need to give more research time if you feel your students need it.
Once students are done with this first part, I share the following slide deck with them, which includes detailed instructions on how to create layers, markers, and lines within their map, as well as how to obtain information to complete the second portion of the Product Carbon Footprint - Handout 1. Because of this, I do not present the slide deck to the class as a whole, but rather share it with them so they can follow it themselves as they work to create their map.
As students are creating their maps, I circulate the room offering clarification and/or tips to help students create their maps.
In order to collect all maps for student share out/presentations I create an assignment on Edmodo and ask students to submit their work.
The last three questions on the Product Carbon Footprint - Handout 1 provide students with an opportunity for analysis and reflection of the data they generated.
Student maps are evaluated using this Interactive Map Rubric