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Design a "Green" Island: Project Based Learning in 6th Grade
Mrs. Mullally, 5th & 6th Grade Science Teacher

What would you do if you discovered an island that was completely untouched by humans?  The 6th graders were given the challenge of designing a “green” island with the smallest carbon footprint. See the project challenge below.

Design a “Green” Island Project

 It is the year 2100 and a new island has been discovered that is completely untouched by humans. There is now a competition to decide who will be allowed to colonize the island and establish a society there. By 2100, climate change has become a very serious problem. The average global temperature is higher than ever before. Because of this, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has decided that whoever takes over the island must create the smallest carbon footprint possible. You and your group members must come up with a plan for how you would set up a new society on the island. You will present to the committee your plans for the island’s food/agriculture, transportation, and power sources. You must provide for 1,000 people on your island. Remember, the groups that create designs that leave the smallest carbon footprint will win the committee’s votes. When you design your island you should be creating an island that puts very little greenhouse gas into the atmosphere.






The Green Island project wraps up our unit on Human Impact on the Environment.  Students are taking this opportunity to share what they know about renewable energy, carbon emissions, and sustainable living through project-based learning.  This method of teaching encourages students to learn and apply knowledge and skills through an engaging experience.  It is characterized as cross-curricular, student-centered, and involves higher-order thinking.



In addition to this project, students have read about various topics; conducted experiments; watched videos; compared energy resources; built instruments with recycled materials, solar ovens, and windmills; looked at the impact of COVID on climate change by analyzing satellite imagery and graphs; and reflected on how they can make a positive impact on our environment.

Mining for chocolate chips without destroying the “land”

Measuring the change in sea level with melting sea vs. land ice

Comparing carbon footprint and price of various energy resources

Simone's Recycled Instrument

Ava's Recycled Instrument

Roasting a marshmallow with a solar oven