Ch 1: Environmental Cycles Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

When you're developing your curriculum for teaching students about environmental cycles, these lesson plans can be a great resource. You'll find lessons related to environmental cycles that you can share with your students.

Environmental Cycles Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

Developing lesson plans can be stressful, but with this chapter, you'll find accessible and informative lesson plan outlines that will help you develop your environmental cycles curriculum. You'll have access to lesson plans that will help you manage your time efficiently and keep your students engaged in the learning process. This chapter covers the following topics:

  • The carbon cycle
  • The water cycle
  • The nitrogen cycle
  • More environmental cycles!

These lesson plans provide you with practical resources you can implement in your classroom, like video lessons, homework ideas, and discussion topics.

How It Helps

  • Important concepts: Showcases pertinent vocabulary words to incorporate into your lessons
  • Student involvement: Provides several methods for keeping your students interested in the lessons, like discussion topics, games, and activities
  • Learning standards: Ensures that the material about environmental cycles you include in your lessons meets educational requirements

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning lessons about environmental cycles easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific topics related to environmental cycles you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your environmental cycles class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related environmental cycles lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important environmental cycles concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant environmental cycles-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

34 Lessons in Chapter 1: Environmental Cycles Lesson Plans
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Carbon Cycle Lesson Plan

1. Carbon Cycle Lesson Plan

This video-based lesson plan defines the carbon and the carbon cycle, photosynthesis, and cellular respiration, then guides students through a hands-on activity to demonstrate concepts.

What Is the Carbon Cycle? - Diagram, Process & Definition

2. What Is the Carbon Cycle? - Diagram, Process & Definition

The carbon cycle is the process by which carbon moves from the atmosphere into the Earth and its organisms and then back again. Gain a deeper understanding of how the carbon cycle works in this lesson.

Carbon-Nitrogen-Oxygen Cycle Activities

3. Carbon-Nitrogen-Oxygen Cycle Activities

Understanding the carbon-nitrogen-oxygen cycle is an important part of understanding chemistry. This lesson offers activities that will help your students make better sense of this cycle.

Nitrogen Cycle Lesson Plan

4. Nitrogen Cycle Lesson Plan

The nitrogen cycle can be difficult and confusing for many high school students. Use this lesson plan to introduce the nitrogen cycle, have students visually break down the cycle step-by-step and finally, analyze the cycle to deepen their understanding.

The Nitrogen Cycle: Definition, Facts & Steps

5. The Nitrogen Cycle: Definition, Facts & Steps

Oh the places we'll go on our nitrogen cycle tour! Nitrogen is an element that cycles through you, me, plants, and other organisms. This lesson will not only follow nitrogen on this cycle, but will also share some nitrogen facts!

The Water Cycle: Precipitation, Condensation, and Evaporation

6. The Water Cycle: Precipitation, Condensation, and Evaporation

This lesson discusses the processes water takes as it moves around the Earth in the water cycle. You'll get an in-depth look at condensation, precipitation, and evaporation.

Hydrologic Cycle Lesson Plan

7. Hydrologic Cycle Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about the hydrologic cycle. Students start by watching an educational video explaining the water/hydrologic cycle and explaining how water is stored and moved, then take a closer look at evaporation and transpiration. Hands-on activities and quizzes make learning stick.

The Hydrologic Cycle: Definition, Process & Diagram

8. The Hydrologic Cycle: Definition, Process & Diagram

The hydrologic, or water, cycle describes the storage and movement of all water on Earth. This lesson will cover the different reservoirs where water can be stored and how it moves between them.

How Evaporation & Transpiration Contribute to the Hydrologic Cycle

9. How Evaporation & Transpiration Contribute to the Hydrologic Cycle

Evaporation and transpiration are important components of the water cycle, and while they are the same process they arise from different sources. In this video lesson you will learn about these two parts of the cycle and how they contribute to the overall movement of water on Earth.

Carbon Cycle Lesson Plan for Elementary Students

10. Carbon Cycle Lesson Plan for Elementary Students

Teach your students about the carbon cycle with this lesson plan. A text lesson defines the term and explains the cycle in words and images. Hands-on learning experiences make concepts easy to understand and application makes learning last.

Carbon Cycle Lesson for Kids: Definition & Steps

11. Carbon Cycle Lesson for Kids: Definition & Steps

Carbon is found in every living thing on earth; in fact, without it, there would be no life. In this lesson, we will follow carbon as it cycles from non-living things to living things and back to non-living and learn more about this very important element.

Oxygen Cycle Activities

12. Oxygen Cycle Activities

As you teach your students about the oxygen cycle, you'll want to use several different activities to get them interested. These activities will help your students learn about the oxygen cycle while also keeping them engaged.

Nitrogen Cycle Activities & Games

13. Nitrogen Cycle Activities & Games

When students learn about environmental cycles, it's important that they study the nitrogen cycle. Use these activities and games to help your class understand the cycle, its parts and processes, and its importance.

Carbon Cycle Activities & Games

14. Carbon Cycle Activities & Games

Understanding the movement of atoms, like carbon, throughout the Earth can be difficult for many students to grasp. While textbook lessons can be informative, these activities teach students about the carbon cycle using fun, hands-on methods that can be used alone or alongside a textbook.

Composting Lesson Plan for Elementary School

15. Composting Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Teach your students all about composting with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson that explains what this process is and why it's important, than apply in creative ways.

Composting: Lesson for Kids

16. Composting: Lesson for Kids

Did you ever wonder what happens to all of the garbage people create? What are we to do with all of the garbage in the world? In this lesson, you will learn how to use composting to help the environment.

Forestry Lesson Plan for Kids

17. Forestry Lesson Plan for Kids

Forestry can offer an engaging introduction to the environmental sciences. This lesson plan contains an introductory activity to forestry that will help students understand the importance of trees to the forest by researching and putting on a skit.

Forestry Experiments for Kids

18. Forestry Experiments for Kids

Looking for kid-friendly experiments that can be used to teach your students about forestry? The hands-on experiments found here help kids learn about the life cycle of leaves, deforestation, and the importance of climate.

Forestry Activities & Projects for Kids

19. Forestry Activities & Projects for Kids

Forestry is a diverse field dedicated to understanding and preserving forests across the world. Use these engaging activities and projects to help students experience forestry and the various characteristics of forests.

Ecology & Environment Activities

20. Ecology & Environment Activities

Do you need meaningful activities that will help make your students more aware of the environment and ecology? Check out this lesson for ideas to spark students' interest and deepen their understanding of environmental issues.

Water Cycle Lesson Plan & Games

21. Water Cycle Lesson Plan & Games

Learning about the water cycle can be fun, especially when you provide games and activities to back up key concepts. Use this lesson plan to teach the stages of the water cycle, then use games and activities to practice and apply skills.

Winter Lesson Plan for Preschoolers

22. Winter Lesson Plan for Preschoolers

This lesson teaches preschoolers about what causes winter, winter weather, and its effects on wildlife. The lesson includes literature, art, and sorting activities.

Summer Lesson Plan

23. Summer Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, students will illustrate the movement of the Earth that creates summer in the two hemispheres. Through discussion and a writing assignment, they will deepen their understanding of this season.

February Preschool Lesson Plan

24. February Preschool Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your preschoolers are going to explore the 12-month calendar and the calendar for February. They will learn, with guidance, how to use a calendar to count days.

Weather Lesson Plan for Preschool

25. Weather Lesson Plan for Preschool

This lesson plan teaches preschoolers about the effects of weather on humans, plants, and animals. It includes a video lesson, matching and sorting games, a book, and an optional experiment.

Layers Of Soil Lesson Plan for Elementary School

26. Layers Of Soil Lesson Plan for Elementary School

This lesson plan provides ideas for teaching your students about soil layers. Students will learn about the various layers and their composition by engaging in these activities.

Rock Cycle Project Ideas

27. Rock Cycle Project Ideas

Learning about the rock cycle helps students understand one of the ways that nature works towards achieving balance. While working on these projects, students will gain hands-on, real world experience related to the formation of rocks.

Landform Project Ideas for Elementary

28. Landform Project Ideas for Elementary

Mountains, valleys, glaciers, and deserts are just a few of the landforms that differentiate parts of the world. Your students will be engaged in learning about various landforms using these hands-on activities.

Island Landform Project Ideas

29. Island Landform Project Ideas

Islands differ from other landforms students have studied and, in some cases, inhabit different living organisms. As students engage in constructivist learning projects, they will gain a better understanding of different types of island landforms.

Food Chain Project Ideas

30. Food Chain Project Ideas

Your students are all ready to learn about food chains. The more interactive they are in their learning, the better. Your students will enjoy working alone or in groups as they gain an understanding of food chains through these projects.

Food Web Project Ideas

31. Food Web Project Ideas

Food webs and their interacted food chains are important for students to understand. Your students will learn about food webs as they work in groups on a few hands-on projects.

Ecology Project Ideas for High School

32. Ecology Project Ideas for High School

Your students are learning about ecology now, and you want to give them hands-on experiences that aid in their understanding. The following projects are interesting and intriguing ways to accomplish that goal.

Water Cycle Science Fair Project Ideas

33. Water Cycle Science Fair Project Ideas

The water cycle describes the movement of water through the Earth's surface and atmosphere through evaporation, condensation, precipitation, and collection in bodies of water. This asset offers ideas for science fair projects about the water cycle.

Carbon Cycle Project Ideas

34. Carbon Cycle Project Ideas

The carbon cycle describes the way carbon moves through all of Earth's systems. These projects allow students to use their preferred learning style to reveal what they have learned.

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