2. This could be a great way to start the year in a biology or Earth science class. Students would look at the Earth in a way they may not have noticed before. Pocahontas teaches Captain Smith to appreciate the world he lives in and to take care of the natural Earth. She demonstrates that just because he is a seemingly important person, he may not know what is best for all peoples of the world. He should reconsider cutting down all the trees for building his town when it disrupts the native inhabitants and the environment. Students could begin to see that environmental factors have many points of view stemming from differing worldviews and beliefs.
3. For a possible assignment, you could show the clip and have students pick a particular example from the song, such as the line about the sycamores, and have them do further research about various environmental issues, such as biodiversity, pollution, acid rain, global warming, and overpopulation. They could look up details about the issue and prepare a news magazine, skit, or A-B-C book highlighting key facets of that issue.
4. You could also use this as an assessment. You could show the clip after studying environmental issues and have students write about the impact of humans on the environment.