Resources and the Environment
The Resources and the Environment Unit allows very young students to explore how living things—including humans—use resources found naturally in their environments, or modify resources to meet their needs.
The Resources and the Environment Teacher’s Guide presents activity-based lessons that entice students to discover concepts in science, mathematics and health through hands-on, guided inquiry activities.
In the student storybook, Tillena Lou’s Big Adventure, Tillena Lou goes wandering down a dirt path after starting the day with her favorite breakfast. Along the way, she encounters other animals in their homes, behaving naturally. But soon, she realizes she is lost. While trying to decide which way to go, Tillena finds two giant feet blocking her path! Next thing she knows, she's inside a person's house. What does Tillena learn about the differences between how people live and how she lives?
The book is an integrated component of the Resources and the Environment unit, but may be used as a stand-alone reading activity, or with The Reading Link and The Math Link as a set of reading/language arts and mathematics activities.
Resources and the Environment
Students to explore how living things—including humans—use resources found naturally in their environments, or modify resources to meet their needs. (10 activities).
Resources and the Environment: Assessments
Students take an assessment for teachers to evaluate students’ knowledge of the origins of natural and processed resources, and again upon completion of the unit.
Resources and Animals
Students observe, examine, discuss and draw a walking stick insect or a crawfish in its natural environment.View this lesson Download PDF
Is It Natural or Transformed?
Students examine, compare, discuss and sort materials as natural or transformed (changed or processed by humans).View this lesson Download PDF
Raw vs. Processed Food
Students gain an understanding of what “processed” means. They also distinguish between natural and processed foods, and learn about sources of some foods.View this lesson Download PDF
Make a Processed Food
Each student prepares a processed food (frozen banana pop) and eats the product.View this lesson Download PDF
Making a Water Cycle
Students observe a simple model of the water cycle constructed of sand and ice in a plastic shoe box.View this lesson Download PDF
Students simulate activities that can affect a water source, like a river as it flows from one place to another within a community.View this lesson Download PDF
Detecting Air Pollution
Students create model air pollution detectors to sample particles in indoor and outdoor air.View this lesson Download PDF
Where Do Animals Live?
Students draw pictures representing both their favorite nonsense lines from a poem, and animals in more appropriate environments.View this lesson Download PDF
Humans Design Their Homes
Students create models of living spaces (houses) for people in different climates with different available resources; and compare the strengths and weaknesses of the different designs.View this lesson Download PDF
Tillena Lou's Big Adventure
Tillena Lou becomes lost while while exploring away from her home. Then she gets an unexpected ride into the world of people. What surprises await the tiny turtle?
Resources and the Environment: Templates
Templates for use with Resources and the Environment unit activities. The templates include job badges, a "My Science Journal" worksheet for students, and a word bank for the teacher.
The Math Link
Students solve addition/subtraction problems; work with division concepts; make estimates; solve problems using symbols; predict outcomes; sort and group items; and work with patterns.
The Reading Link
Students work with rhymes, repetition and rhythm; decide if something is natural or man-made; discern between and fact and fiction; describe characters; act out and add to the story; and answer the question, "What happens next?"
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Science Safety in Elementary Schools
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The Environment and Human Health
Learn how the environment impacts human health and the ecosystems around us, on both a small/local and large/global scale.Video Digital Slide Set
Living Things and Their Needs
The Living Things and Their Needs unit allows very young students to explore living and non-living things, and the basic needs of animals.
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Filling the Gaps: K-6 Science/Health Education
Grant Number: 5R25RR013454