21st Century Problems

This activity is a good warm-up exercise for early in the school year for biology classes. It can be modified for any age group and ability level.

Students work in groups, which allows them to get to know each other and you can talk to them in those groups and get to know them as well. I usually set the groups up beforehand, or have them draw cards as they enter the classroom. Getting into groups, on the first day, can cause anxiety for kids that are new and don't know other kids (or for those who are shy.)

Each group will pick a topic at random - I place them on slips of paper and students drawn them. Their goal is to create a type of KWL chart for each topic.

Topic List

Income Inequality

Autism

Global Warming (Climate Change)

Obesity

GMO's

Alzheimers

Energy

Cancer

Human Overpopulation

Drought

Animal Poaching

Famine

Health Care

Education Reform

Immigration

Drug Abuse

Disease Spread