Lesson Development

We are actively developing lessons that integrate interesting content material and overarching teaching tools.

Lessons are not meant to be stand-alone, one-time interventions. To achieve networked learning on human evolution, behavioral ecology, and sustainability science, they should be linked in well-designed units spanning more than one lesson.

Cooperation in Chimps and Children

Content Anchors: Child Development Research, Cross-Species Comparisons, Governance of Commons

Stage of development: Pilot studies in progress (10th grade)

Students learn about recent research looking at the evolutionary and developmental origins of the human capacity to solve common pool resource dilemmas. By making predictions about the experiment outcomes and reflecting on causal factors in human behaviors, students can explore connections between human evolution, behavioral ecology, and sustainability science.

The Commons Game

Content Anchors: Cooperation Games, Governance of Commons

Stage of development: Pilot studies in progress (10th grade)

Students engage in two phases of cooperation games, first emphasizing within-group competition, then focused on between-group competition. Students reflect on their behaviors under various conditions, and can draw analogies to behavioral science research, factors in human evolution, and modern sustainability dilemmas.

Causal Mapping in Human Evolution

Content Anchors: Ancient Ancestors

Stage of development: Pilot study completed (12th grade)

As students become "paleoanthropologists for a day", they measure and interpret phenotypic variation across our ancient ancestors, and then develop a complex causal map to explain this variation, linking and relating diverse factors in human evolution.

Additional Lessons for Networked Learning

Three Mexican Fisheries

Content Anchors: Governance of Commons, SDGs

Stage of development: -

Students learn about three real-world common-pool resource management issues in Mexico and compare them with the help of analogy maps. Students learn how several factors about the resource, the user community, and the governance system, can influence the success of a community to manage a resource sustainably.

Materials folder (English)

NetLogo Computer Simulations in Education for Sustainable Development


If you are interested using any of these lessons in your classroom or teacher training program, please contact us.