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Resources and the Environment

Resources and the Environment

© Jamie Wilson.

Natural resources, living vs. nonliving, natural state, animals needs, habitat, raw food, food processing, raw materials, transforming objects, water cycle, river ecology, water pollution, air quality, construction, building homes, using tools

  • Resources and the Environment: Assessments

    Resources and the Environment: AssessmentsLesson

    Students complete an assessment instrument that allows teachers to determine how much they know about the origins of natural and processed resources. To measure learning, students complete the same instrument again upon completion of the unit.

    Grades: K-2
  • Resources and Animals

    Resources and AnimalsLesson

    Students observe, examine, discuss and draw a walking stick insect or a crawfish in its natural environment.

    Grades: K-2
  • Is It Natural or Transformed?

    Is It Natural or Transformed?Lesson

    Students examine, compare, discuss and sort materials as natural or transformed (changed or processed by humans).

    Grades: K-2
  • Raw vs. Processed Food

    Raw vs. Processed FoodLesson

    Students investigate the meaning of “processed,” as it pertains to food. They also distinguish between natural and processed foods, and learn about sources of some foods.

    Grades: K-2
  • Make a Processed Food

    Make a Processed FoodLesson

    Each student prepares and eats a processed food product (frozen banana pop).

    Grades: K-2
  • Making a Water Cycle

    Making a Water CycleLesson

    Students observe a simple model of the water cycle comprised of sand and ice in a plastic shoe box.

    Grades: K-2
  • River Ecology

    River EcologyLesson

    Students simulate activities that can affect a water source, such as a river that flows through a community.

    Grades: K-2
  • Detecting Air Pollution

    Detecting Air PollutionLesson

    Students build model air pollution detectors to collect and observe particles in indoor and outdoor air.

    Grades: K-2
  • Where Do Animals Live?

    Where Do Animals Live?Lesson

    Students draw pictures to represent their favorite nonsense lines from a poem, and also to show animals in their appropriate environments.

    Grades: K-2
  • Humans Design Their Homes

    Humans Design Their HomesLesson

    Students build model living spaces (houses) suited to people living in different climates and with access to different resources. Students then compare the strengths and weaknesses of their different designs.

    Grades: K-2
  • Developing an Object or Tool

    Developing an Object or ToolLesson

    Students sequence the steps involved in producing an object (tree to chair, mud to brick, etc.). They also learn that tools and objects are designed to perform functions or solve problems.

    Grades: K-2