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Setup and Procedures:

  1. Loose leaf or larger paper, some pens or markers and a few good ideas are all the materials necessary to begin.
  2. Good ideas can take the form of conflicting points of view regarding the use of our shared natural resources. It is important to stress the fact that we all use the same limited pool of resources and that understanding another’s point of view is essential to the resolution of these types of problems.
  3. The educator should introduce some possible conflicts and serve as a facilitator throughout the resolution process, rather than one who supplies all the answers.
  4. The types of questions to ask are important in generating a knowledgeable understanding of opposing viewpoints and in reaching an agreeable conclusion.


  • Who are the two groups involved?
    • Commercial Fishermen (CF)
    • Major Oil Company (MOC)
  • What are their current goals?
    • CF = Protect fisheries stocks to maximize catch
    • MOC = Maximize oil production to meet current demands
    • Do these two groups conflict or cooperate?
    • What might happen in each scenario?
    • What might be some of the projected outcomes, given each group’s attitudes and expectations?

    Although deer look gentle and tend to be shy, they can be very dangerous to humans.
    1. Introduction
    2. Essential Questions
    3. Natural Resource Balance
    4. Activity: How We See the Puzzle
    5. What are our most precious Natural Resources?
    6. Activity: Agricultural Runoff
    7. Activity: Salt and Cypress
    8. Activity:  "I AM"