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Fourth graders observe how organisms react to changing environments. They grow four beans in Ziploc bags, placing half of the bags in a refrigerator and half of them at regular room temperature, and record and observe the results. Students also observe bugs in two bowls of sand with different temperatures.
Students present information regarding oil and how it affects the environment. In this environmental awareness lesson, students work in groups to write a paper, create a PowerPoint, and put together a poster about their specific topic relating to oil and the environment.
Students make a tree sculpture. In this trees and the environment lesson, students learn about the parts of a tree, discuss what a tree needs in order to grow, find images of trees in art and nature, use various materials to create a tree sculpture and then write a creative paper which details how their tree got its character and shape.
Students participate in a discussion dealing with the relationship between Phoenix's particular history of growth and the environment issues it faces today. They read and examine various documents and charts to propose possible solutions to some of their urban growth issues.
Students compare the anatomy of temperature and polar fishes. They explore the adverse effects of cold on metabolism and physiology and discuss how polar fishes adapt to their environments. Comparisons are also made to the DNA sequences of unrelated Arctic and Antarctic fish.
Fourth graders investigate how the natural environment influenced the lives of the Native Americans and how it still influences our lives today. They design a map or model that shows landforms and water bodies in a specific Native American community. They design a presentation that includes clip art or a picture that the students insert.
High school students examine their own water-based environments, within the Mystic Watershed. As the learners engage in inquiry-based, hands-on projects, critical thinking skills and problem-solving, the project will lead them to cross the domains of science and interdisciplinary connections, as they begin to explore, describe and understand two diverse ecosystems in the Mystic Watershed.
Children study the features of different types of environments and use maps to gather information. In this environmental study lesson plan, 2nd graders discuss locations on a map for towns, cities, and seaside areas. Students practice finding other locations. Students complete a worksheet finding locations on a map.
Students sort and classify objects they find on a nature walk. In this classification lesson, students explore outdoors and find objects to put in paper bags. Students sort the objects and place the objects in categories. Students continue sorting the objects into different types of categories.
Sometimes it's good to challenge our kids with thought-provoking topics. They'll have to think hard and use what they know to answer these essay questions. They'll discuss how and why developed nations put a strain on the world's resources, why developing nations may recent pollution control policies, and the struggle nations have to develop while maintaining the environment.
How do humans and animals impact the environment? What is land division? Youngsters tape off a 12x12 inch square in an outdoor natural space. They sketch everything they see, then compare their drawings as a class. They will then be asked why each drawing is different. How has each square foot been used, changed, or ruined? An amazing instructional activity, intended to get kids thinking about the environment.
A presentation designed for educators is here for you. In it, a scientific program is laid out in great detail. The emphasis is on teaching kids about the outdoors by giving them many opportunities to be out in nature performing hands-on activities. The PowerPoint suggests many fine outdoor educational experiences, and has websites for educators to access in order to gain more information about these types of programs.
Middle schoolers explore the Pythagorean theorem, and analyze characteristics of two- and three-dimensional shapes. They use this knowledge to create a scale drawing of a plan to construct a triangular raised bed garden for an outdoor classroom. Each group presents their particular plan to the entire class. Terrific worksheets, rubrics, and website links are all embedded in the plan to help you implement it successfully.