This lesson aligns with Hawai'i's Nā Hopena A'o HĀ-BREATH Framework.
Students creatively and authentically design their own sustainable backyard utilizing native plants and food sources.
The reading includes charts and maps that show the change in global land use and climate zones over time and through different levels of warming, respectively.
The reading simplifies complex scientific concepts and provides an easy-to-understand timeline.
The reading is an excellent introduction to Indigenous knowledge and its potential for climate mitigation.
This is lesson 1 of 3 in our 9th-12th grade Biodiversity Unit.
Students should have some background knowledge of what is consumed in their region.
Students should know how to read charts and maps and have a general understanding of terms like biodiversity, biosphere, colonization, and industrialization.
Students should be provided with drawing materials or laptops, depending on what the teacher wants the final product to look like.
Students could create a school garden or courtyard based on their biodiverse backyards.
Remember to address backyards with an awareness that not all students have a home or backyard. Students can be reminded that community gardens are prevalent in Hawai’i, and they can create a home garden without any land.
Students could divide up the 10 climate zones of Hawai'i and work in pairs to create a dream backyard for each one.
This lesson can be used in history classes during lessons about the progression of human civilization and the use of science and technology.
Although the primary solution in the "Our Inheritance" article is restoration and giving back to the land what we have taken, students can also consider the potential impact of reducing consumption and only taking what we need from the land. Students can brainstorm actual solutions that would achieve this goal and protect natural ecosystems.
This lesson inspires students to understand the role of a biodiverse backyard or farmstead in addressing climate change. They will learn how to introduce native plant species, herbs, fruit crops, trees, and animals to create a biodiverse backyard. Also, this lesson allows them to design and explore other agricultural techniques like agroforestry, mixed farming, organic farming, etc. that would help farmers to increase production and respond to climate change. The lesson was thoroughly reviewed and has passed our science review process.
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