Environments Change
Age 7-9: Concept 2 - Change: Unit 1

In this unit your child will examine and identify the causes of change in nature. He will explore the effects of heat, from stove tops to volcanoes, and learn about endangered and extinct animals species. To understand the impact that humans can have on a natural environment, he will follow the course of a river through generations.

This unit can be used independently but is designed to be used in conjunction with the literature unit Morning Girl.


  • Able to read and comprehend chapter books on a 3rd or early 4th grade reading level
  • Can answer comprehension questions about a chapter in a journal
  • Able to write three or four sentences on a topic
  • Usually used by children in third grade

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: Heat Causes Change
  • Lesson 2: Earthquakes and Volcanoes
  • Lesson 3: People and the Environment
  • Lesson 4: People Change the Environment
  • Lesson 5: Pollution (2 Days)
  • Lesson 6: A River Ran Wild (2 Days)
  • Lesson 7: Animals in the Environment (2 Days)
  • Final Project: The Wump World

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
  • Ask and answer questions about an organism. (Science)
  • Cite ways that living organisms depend on one another in their environments. (Science)
  • Communicate findings about simple investigations. (Science)
  • Describe properties of rocks. (Science)
  • Explain a problem and identify a task and solution related to the problem. (Science)
  • Identify characteristics of living organisms. (Science)
  • Identify that heat causes change, such as ice melting or the sun warming the air, and compare objects according to temperature (Science)
  • Identify, predict, replicate, and create patterns using charts, graphs, and numbers. (Science)
  • Observe and describe properties of rocks, soil, and water. (Science)
  • Observe and record changes. (Science)
  • Observe and record functions of animal parts. (Science)
  • Observe, describe, and record changes in size, mass, color, position, quantity, time, temperature, sound, and movement. (Science)
  • Observe, measure, and record changes in weather, the night sky, and seasons. (Science)
  • Plan and conduct simple descriptive investigations. (Science)
  • Recognize what animals need to live and grow. (Science)
  • Analyze environmental issues, past and present, and determine their impact on different cultures. (Social Studies)
  • Analyze the effects of change in communities and predict future changes. (Social Studies)
  • Compare information from different sources about places and regions. (Social Studies)
  • Describe how weather patterns, natural resources, seasonal patterns, and natural hazards affect activities and settlement patterns. (Social Studies)
  • Describe human movement in the settlement patterns of rural, urban, and suburban areas. (Social Studies)
  • Identify and describe the people, vegetation, and animal life specific to certain regions and describe their interdependence. (Social Studies)
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