Lesson 8: My Environment

Getting Started

Questions to Explore

  • How do people's environments meet their needs?
  • How does the environment affect living things?
  • How do people affect the environment?

Facts and Definitions

  • When the seasons change, the environment changes.
  • The temperature in the environment changes with the seasons.

Skills

  • Identify changes in the environment. (SS)
  • Identify natural resources and cite ways to conserve and replenish natural resources. (SS)
  • Identify and describe the people, vegetation, and animal life specific to certain regions and describe their interdependence. (SS)
  • Cite ways people modify the physical environment to meet their needs. (SS)
  • Explain how people depend on the environment to meet certain needs. (SS)
  • Identify natural resources and cite ways to conserve and replenish natural resources. (SS)

Materials

  • brass brad
  • clipboard
  • colored pencils or markers
  • digital camera
  • journal
  • paper plate
  • ruler
  • scissors
  • seeds or small plants

Introduction

Tell your child that for the next two days she will explore her outdoor environment. Ask her to think of words to describe the environment outside her home and how her environment changes throughout the year. Discuss that environments are always changing — some changes are natural and other changes are caused by humans. Ask her to give examples of natural changes and changes that humans make to the environment.
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