Tragedy of the Commons Lab



Explore the Tragedy of the Commons Lab, an immersive hands-on activity designed for students to delve into the complexities of resource management. Through this engaging lab, students simulate the challenges inherent in overseeing shared resources, gaining practical insights into the consequences of collective resource use.


As students navigate through the scenarios, they analyze the potential conflicts and dilemmas that arise, deepening their understanding of sustainable resource practices.


This comprehensive lab not only facilitates experiential learning but also encourages critical thinking about the broader implications and solutions surrounding the Tragedy of the Commons. Engage your students in a meaningful exploration of resource management dynamics with this enriching and thought-provoking educational tool.



  • Student Lab
  • Instructor Answer Key



  • Goldfish crackers
  • Bowl
  • Straws
  • Spoons


Grade Levels: 8th – 12th
Total Pages: 9
Teaching Duration: 1 Hour


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