This guide is the proposal of Teacher's team from IES Val Miñor (Galicia, Spain), VilaKavickio r. Sudavos pagrindine mokykla (Lithuania) and Istituto Compresivo Novara di Sicilia (Sicily, Italy), who have developed, during 2017-2018 a Erasmus + project under the title “Cooperative teaching and learning to change behaviors: ecological footprint at school”.
We propose here a compilation of the more interesting teaching and learning activities that we have selected in order to disseminate the great experience shared during the project among students and teachers working together.


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Most students live every day as people usually do without thinking about the role that natural resources play in their lives; and for this reason, without reflecting on the impact of our options and decisions as consumers. All of us know where to buying the things we want, but:

  • Where do things come from?
  • What is the impact of manufacturing and transporting stuff?
  • What do you know about mining in our region?
  • How does the earth deal with human waste?
  • What is the surface of planet that supporting your life?
  • Is it possible to change our style of life?

This guide presents a list of proposals to work with students ( 12-15 years old) about the use of natural resources in their region and to get involved in a case study by calculating their personal ecological footprint and the carbon footprint of their school.

The task starts with the question described above and, following this path, students will work in a real case study: the impact on earth to support their own habits and lifestyle. By working out the amount of land that is supporting their personal needs and choices, students will be able to reflect on an environmental healthier life style and to plan more sustainable habits as consumers.

Last but not least, students will enhance their skills in this teaching and learning active experience by being the main actors of the process.


    1. To involve students in a real case study to analyze what kind and what amount of natural resources are supporting their life style and the school activity
    2. To visualize human impact on the planet as a result of our consumption habits.
    3. To promote the individual respo0nsibility relative to natural resources and sustainability
    4. To develop an innovative process starting from a problem (What is your own impact on the Earth? How do we use our land? ) and to carry out a process of cooperative teaching and learning experience.
    5. To enhance a sense of civic awareness and personal involvement in changing behavior as consumers and citizens.