Students will learn that:
- Humans depend on Earth's land, ocean, atmosphere, and biosphere for many different resources.
- Understanding natural hazards can help forecast the locations and likelihoods of future events.
- As human population and consumption increase, so do negative impacts on the planet.
- Human activities can significantly alter the natural environment, but impacts can be positive as well as negative.
- All human activity draws on natural resources and has both short- and long-term consequences, both positive and negative.
- The uses of technologies and limitations on their use are driven by individual or societal needs, desires, and values; by the findings of scientific research; and by differences in such factors as climate, natural resources, and economic conditions.
Reflection and Assessment
Ask the students to think about how the natural environment can be impacted by human systems and the built environment, and vice versa. Have pairs, small groups, or individual students study the connection between one randomly chosen yellow card (representing the built environment) and one randomly chosen green card (representing the natural environment). Have students share their research with the class using one of a handful of presentation platforms (video, music, PowerPoint presentation, artwork...). Ask students to site their research sources.
One extra blank sheet with yellow and green cards is provided for adding new terms as desired.
Finally, ask students to reflect on science in their own lives in their science journals. How does science enhance or negatively impact their daily experiences? How might they help to bring about change and take positive actions to improve negative conditions for one's self or others?