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Learners conduct bubble-blowing experiments. In this early childhood lesson plan, students use the science skills of observation, experimentation, prediction, and evaluation, as well as creative-thinking, fine-motor, and language skills.
Learners explore how the water cycle can take on different forms. For this water in the environment lesson students examine how water travels through the environment and produce fresh water from saltwater.
This PowerPoint is a straightforward list of facts about how humans impact the environment. Subjects covered are extinction, natural resources, different types of pollution, and conservation efforts. Questions are presented on some slides to assess understanding along the way. Add photos to the slides for a greater impact on your young environmental studies learners.
The benefits of taking students outside for outdoor activities and lessons can be substantial for everyone.
Take photos of human activities that impact air quality. Collaborative groups present one of the photographs, identifying how the activity contributes to air quality and what can be done to minimize the impact. As one in a series of lessons exploring human impact on the environment, this activity will help develop informed citizens who can make a difference. Links to the other lessons are included. Use them all to present a complete unit to your environmental studies class.
Young scholars describe the impact of population growth on the environment. They describe how cities affect their surrounding environment and explain how cities are handling growth and its resulting effect on the quality of life. They visit the CIA World Fact book Web site and read the information posted about Kenya.
Students choose an organism and create an experiment with that organism. In this observation lesson, students expose a living thing to something from its environment and record their observations. Students must have some prior knowledge to complete this lesson. Students understand how organisms sense things in their environment and respond so they survive.
Students consider adaptations as a means for survival in a particular habitat. In this biology lesson plan, students analyze benefits students engage in four activities, each exemplifying a different adaptation; camouflage, beak adaptations, and early human tools. As a final project students will write an essay based on how they think early humans adapted to their environment.
Students create art projects outside. In these outdoor art lesson plans, students use items in nature to enhance their creativity. They are encouraged to paint rocks, use fences for collages, weave sticks/feathers through picket fences, and dye sand with food coloring.
In this environment vocabulary worksheet, learners complete 12 multiple choice questions, then translate a set of "environment words."
Students map and analyze the natural and cultural environment of the school grounds. In small groups, they sketch the natural and cultural features of each side of the school building, create a map, participate in a class discussion, and write an essay.
Students explore the beauty of British Columbia by participating in a class field trip. In this ecosystem observation lesson, students investigate the Vancouver Aquarium and Stanley Park, one of the largest parks in North America. Students identify the separate ecosystems, beach and forest, before completing a worksheet based on the positive and negative impact of human beings.
Learners chill out on a hot day with this outdoor activity. In this early childhood physical education lesson, students have fun experimenting through play with ice and toy animals in water.
Students discuss how to protect oneself from the sun. In this sun safety lesson, students explore the movement of the sun throughout the day by tracing their shadows periodically using outdoor chalk. Students discuss how the shorter the shadow, the more direct and powerful the sun's rays. Students decide based on their shadows, what times are safest to play outdoors.
Your class will love this outdoor lesson! Learners participate in activities to calculate speed and motion using bicycles and skateboards. They determine the average speed among class members for the distance traveled and share their results.
Students use outdoor play equipment as a "stage" for a favorite story. They read the story "Caps for Sale" and act out the parts sitting down. They reach over their heads to feel the caps and imitate the monkeys' motions and noises.
Students play together and learn together. In this early childhood lesson plan, students partake in the outdoor activities listed here in order to apply social skills they have learned and practice creative thinking.
Students invent outdoor activities. In this early childhood lesson plan, students practice cooperation and large motor skills while they engage in and invent a variety of organized outdoor play activities. The activities encourage cooperation and the development of large motor skills
Students examine interactions within the environment and environmental engineering careers. They discuss and view photos of natural and manmade environments, explore various websites, create a web to identify interactions between living and non-living parts of an environment, and analyze a Moebius strip.
What are the factors that affect health? Middle schoolers will identify four factors which contribute to health and identify the environment as the factor with the most impact. They tape their card(s) under the column on the flip chart paper that most affects/contributes to the health problem or issue on their card. Resources and handouts are included.