What is Your Human Footprint?

Hi Students,

You will need the Puffin browser to view this National Geographic multimedia website on your iPad.

Did you know that during the course of your lifetime you will eat about 12,000 oranges? These oranges will travel a total of about 23 million miles to reach your fruit bowl or glass of OJ. Shipping fruit takes energy. Energy comes from fuel. Everything that you eat (bread), use (newspapers), and do (take showers) has an impact on the world. This impact is called your human footprint. While there’s no need to swear off oranges, and, please, don’t stop bathing, this interactive will help you learn about how you live and the impact it will have over your lifetime. (Courtesy of National Geographic)

Have fun exploring this website and be sure to click on Look Behind the Scenes to watch video and see other images.

The Human Footprint

You will have twenty-five minutes to explore this website. Please answer the following questions in one good paragraph:

What did you learn?

What surprised you the most?

Is there anything you will change about your human footprint?


Track My T

We all love to wear t-shirts and we have favorite ones we tend to wear over and over again. Do you ever wonder how a t-shirt is actually made? Do you even know the journey a cotton seed takes to eventually become a much loved and worn tee? Please visit this fun and interactive site Track My T and follow along as you track a random tee from beginning to end.

Be sure that you click on the second option, track a random tee. Move your cursor over all the highlighted areas. Images, text, and video will pop up allowing you to learn and explore the process of making a t-shirt.

When you have thoroughly gone through the site please answer the following prompt:

What did you learn? What did you like best about the site?

I know you all have at least one favorite t-shirt at home that you always reach for time and time again. Describe your shirt. What is it about this shirt that makes you reach for it over and over again? Is there a story behind this shirt?

I have a few favorite t-shirts, and some I even wear to school under sweaters. There is one gray one that I love because it has become so soft over time due to the many washings, and probably because I wear it the most. However, it now has a rip underneath the sleeve, and so I wear it to exercise in. The other day I actually put my arm through the rip instead of the sleeve, which made the tear even larger. I still wear it, though I think its days are numbered!


What Is Your Human Footprint?

Footstep in SandWhen I refer to the human footprint, I am not asking you what your shoe size is, or how big your foot might be. In this case, the human footprint, ecologically speaking, refers to how much of the world you use in your lifetime.

For example: “When you eat an egg, you’re not just eating an egg. You’re eating the gas truck used to deliver that egg, the coal used to generate electricity for its refrigeration, and the resources used to boil, fry, or poach that yummy egg. And that’s your human footprint – how much of the world you use in your lifetime.” (http://channel.national geographic.com/channel/human-footprint/consumption-interactive.html)

This is an interactive website which means that not only is there content for you to read and information to input, but also images and video to watch.

Please visit each of the ten items at the top page menu bar. You will be asked to input some info, and the results of that info will pop up on the right hand side. You will be surprised! Also, please watch the informative videos on each item that you can find by visiting “Look Behind The Scenes.”

Please visit this National Geographic site and answer the following questions:

I would like for you to write at least ten facts that you found most interesting about your human footprint. ( at least one for each item)

What surprised you the most? What did you learn about yourself that you didn’t know before?

Have fun!

Take The Pyramid Challenge

Pyramid Challenge

This is a fun interactive game that teaches you how to build a pyramid. Travel back in time to Egypt’s Old Kingdom and try your hand at pyramid building. Can you safely navigate your ship down the Nile? Do you have enough food and supplies and workers to help build? Did you construct your pyramid correctly to withstand the sands of time? Do you have what it takes to take on the Pyramid Challenge?

In adddition to the Pyramid Challenge game, you can also try your hand at the Mummy Maker interactive and the Death in Sakkara mystery game. Both interactives are accessed by visiting the links on the right hand side menu bar of this page.