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6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Social Studies, Economics, Engineering

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  • Videos, 12 minutes, 52 seconds, CC, Subtitles

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YouTube Video

You Don't Need to Own a Car (If You Don't Drive to Work)

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  • This video explains how car sharing services are convenient, cost-effective, and better for the environment than owning a vehicle. 
  • Students will learn that many cities have a variety of car sharing models designed to make car sharing easy. 
Teaching Tips


  • The video contains labeled chapters or segments that make it easy to jump to a specific part of the video.
  • Students will be inspired to look into car sharing options in their own communities.

Additional Prerequisites

  • This video begins with an advertisement.


  • English or writing classes could research local car sharing services and create a newsletter or brochure to distribute to the community. Options for research and writing activities could include the following:
    • Students could create infographics showing how ride sharing can help cut down on the number of cars on the road.
    • Students could write informational articles explaining the car sharing services available.
    • Students could write opinion pieces on why more car sharing services should be available in their communities.
    • Students could write product reviews for the services apps.
    • Students could conduct community surveys to gauge interest in car sharing.
  • Computer coding and design classes could discuss the necessary components to a successful car sharing app.
  • Life skills and economics classes could calculate the expenses associated with car ownership (gas, car insurance, car maintenance, car depreciation, parking fees, and the price of the vehicle) and compare that with the price of car sharing services.
  • Other resources on this topic include this Grist video on life without a car, this resource on calculating your carbon footprint, and this ClimateScience course on what individuals can do to combat climate change.
Scientist Notes
The resource explores car sharing, a strategy to limit transportation cost and reduce traffic congestion and CO2 levels per capita. This resource is insightful and suitable for urban planning. This is recommended for teaching.
  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • 6.SL.2 Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.
      • 11-12.SL.3 Evaluate a speaker's point of view, perspective, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, assessing the stance, premises, links among ideas, word choice, points of emphasis, and tone used.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS.ESS3.2 Evaluate competing design solutions for developing, managing, and utilizing energy and mineral resources based on cost-benefit ratios.
  • Social Sciences
    • Economics (K-8)
      • 8.13 Assess the function of imports, exports, innovation, and entrepreneurship in a market economy.
    • Economics: Global Economy (9-12)
      • HS.24 Explain how current globalization trends and policies affect economic growth, labor markets, labor conditions, human rights, the environment, and resource and income distribution in different nations.
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