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Hands-on Activity

Tragedy of the Commons

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Summary
In this activity students will play a simple game designed to simulate the situation known as "the tragedy of the commons." Students will later work together in groups to craft rules for sharing resources so that those resources are not overused.
Overview
Topic: Tragedy of the Commons
Real World Science Topics:
  • An exploration of the relationship between people and their environment.
  • An exploration of the how people regulate their use of resources.
Objective
Students will gain an understanding of how and why people have to work together in order to prevent overuse or destruction of natural resources.

Activity Difficulty Rating: 1 Each hands-on science activity has been ranked based on difficulty of set up and how difficult they are to perform. The rating scale is from 1 to 5, with 1 being the easiest and 5 being the most complicated.

5-MINUTE REFRESHER

TAKE FIVE

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