Skip Navigation
Search

Resources and the Environment

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.

Complete Teacher's Guide

Thumbnail Image for Resources and the Environment Teacher Guide

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).

Individual Lessons

Thumbnail Image for Lesson

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.

Thumbnail Image for Resources and Animals

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
Thumbnail Image for Is It Natural or Transformed?

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
Thumbnail Image for Raw vs. Processed Food

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
Thumbnail Image for Make a Processed Food

Make a Processed Food

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

View this lesson Download PDF
Thumbnail Image for Making a Water Cycle

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
Thumbnail Image for River Ecology

River Ecology

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
Thumbnail Image for Detecting Air Pollution

Detecting Air Pollution

Students create model air pollution detectors to sample particles in indoor and outdoor air.

View this lesson Download PDF
Thumbnail Image for Where Do Animals Live?

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
Thumbnail Image for Humans Design Their Homes

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
Thumbnail Image for Developing an Object or Tool

Developing an Object or Tool

Students sequence the process of making an object (tree to chair, mud to brick, etc.), and learn tools and objects are designed to perform a function or solve a problem.

View this lesson Download PDF

Unit Components

Thumbnail Image for Tillena Lou's Big Adventure Reading

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?

Thumbnail Image for Resources and the Environment: Templates Worksheets

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.

Thumbnail Image for Resources and the Environment: The Math Link Worksheets

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.

Thumbnail Image for Resources and the Environment: The Reading Link Worksheets

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?"

Related Video and Slide Presentations

Thumbnail Image for Ecosystems

Ecosystems

Overview of the relationships between environmental systems and life on our planet, including common terms and concepts related to ecosystems.

Video Digital Slide Set
Thumbnail Image for Science Safety in Elementary Schools

Science Safety in Elementary Schools

Good safety habits are critical in any learning environment, especially during inquiry science investigations. This presentation covers key safety concerns and provides tips to help make your science classroom safer.

Video Digital Slide Set
Thumbnail Image for The Environment and Human Health

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
Thumbnail Image for Metric Madness

Tools and Equipment of Science

Students apply the skills of estimation, measurement and data analysis as they rotate through six activity stations based on the metric system.

View this lesson Video Digital Slide Set

Associated Teaching Unit

Thumbnail Image for Living Things and Their Needs Resources

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.


Funded by the following grant(s)

Science Education Partnership Award, NIH

Science Education Partnership Award, NIH

Filling the Gaps: K-6 Science/Health Education
Grant Number: 5R25RR013454