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Students participate in a discussion designed to help them discern the truth from lies. They discuss picture cards and make true and false statements regarding the information on the cards. Students also listen to various fables about truth and discuss the moral presented in the story.
Students apply what they have learned about throwaway products "and the valuable natural resources from which they're derived" by thinking about where garbage goes after they throw it out. They also examine their own ideas and habits about recycling and discover what a serious effect litter and mass waste disposal have on the environment.
Fifth graders research soil, its nutrients, and plant growth. In this soil instructional activity, 5th graders create soil journals, trace flowers, and include nutrient information on each petal. Students read an excerpt from "McBroom Tells the Truth." Students discuss adjectives and experiment with soil samples. Students complete a compare/contrast Venn diagram for the soil and create a soil hypothesis. Students illustrate farms and types of soil. Students complete a 'Reader Theatre' and class discussion.
Unfortunately, the article for which this resource was written is not available. You can, however, find another current document on agriculture and urban development for your class to read together, and then still follow the suggested teaching strategies for a sufficient learning experience. This would be most useful in an environmental studies course.
Students identify and classify soil ypes according to data on the soil triangle. Given examples, students identify soil conservation practices, using criterion assessment instrument. When giving a case situation involving soil nutrients, students can describe soil nutrient interactions according to criteria given in assessment instrument.
Pupils read "The Story of Miguel's Tomatoes" to review the steps involved in the food system. In groups, students complete a food system chart. Using the chart as a model, pupils choose a commonly eaten food and trace it from its origin to the local food store. They discuss the concept of food security.
Students analyze what occurs when grass will not grow. They interview maintenance staff at their school and research possibilities for grass to grow. They develop a research plan and conduct soil sample tests. They plant grass seed and discuss how to protect the area of planting.
Fifth graders study the effects of running water on erosion. They examine how the soil on the playground is affected by erosion and determine how the placement of trees and shrubs changes the path of erosion. In their science journals, they document their observations before extending discussing what happens when deforestation occurs.
Young scholars examine the variety of jobs that are related to working in the forest. Information on the different jobs is provided in this lesson plan for the teacher to share with the students. The young scholars create a collage using magazines to show how people depend on the forest.
Fifth graders examine what contaminated water looks like, and how it becomes polluted. They examine a teacher demonstration of water is not polluted but does contain rocks and other things that do need to be cleaned out before drinking it. Next they evaluate different ways to clean water such as screening, sedimentation, filtration, and chemical treatment while working in small groups.
Fourth graders investigate the concept of forestry and how trees are used for different purposes. The problem of deforestation is presented in this historical lesson. The comparison of our society to others that depend on forests are presented and students are asked to compare and contrast them.