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Environmental Science for Elementary School - Chapter Summary
This Environmental Science for Elementary School chapter is designed to teach your child about different kinds and elements of ecosystems. The chapter's video lessons emphasize the forms of life that dwell within various habitats, and they look at the food chains that support ecosystems' organisms. Plenty of definitions and examples are included to aid in your student's comprehension.
Experienced instructors use easy-to-understand language when presenting these environmental science topics. Self-assessment quizzes usually have just five multiple-choice questions. Occasionally, a pop-up quiz will appear on-screen. Have your student complete these so you'll have a better idea of how much they're actually learning. Your child can benefit from the chapter's transcripts, which often include bold terms. Taking the time to discuss the terms' relevance to the chapter can improve your student's overall learning experience.
Chapter Lessons and Objectives
|Types of Ecosystems Lesson for Kids||This lesson explores the characteristics of biomes, tundras and tropical rainforests, as well as those of other ecosystems.|
|Ecosystems Lesson for Kids||Students can examine the role of ecosystems and learn about their place within the overall environment.|
|Food Chain and Food Web Lessons for Kids||Instructors explain the ways in which the sun sustains only some life forms. They teach students that some organisms must eat other organisms in order to survive.|
|Human Food Chain Lesson for Kids||This lesson provides a look at humans as secondary consumers.|
|Coral Reef, Coral Reef Ecosystem & Coral Reef Food Chain Lessons for Kids||Students get to explore these topics in three separate lessons about the survival of coral reefs.|
|Desert Biome, Desert Ecosystem & Desert Food Chain Lessons for Kids||These three lessons focus on survival in desert regions.|
|The Nile River Lesson for Kids||Students can learn facts about the world's longest river.|
|Forest, Ocean, Pond & Rainforest Ecosystems & Food Chains Lessons for Kids||Instructors show students how life forms thrive within these different ecosystems.|
|Ocean Climate, Floor, Currents, Food Chain & Food Web Lessons for Kids||When studying these lessons, pupils learn about different characteristics of the ocean as well as the energy it provides for its many life forms.|
|Smoky Mountains Lesson for Kids||Various aspects of these famed mountains are explored.|
|Environmental Issues & Natural Resources Lessons for Kids||Instructors provide definitions and examples of these terms.|
|What are Sustainability, Pollution, Energy Conservation, Global Warming & the Greenhouse Effect? - Lessons for Kids: Definitions & Facts||In each of these individual lessons, pupils learn what these terms mean and study their significance to the planet.|
|The Nitrogen Cycle Lesson for Kids||Nitrogen cycle processes are explained to elementary and middle school students.|
|Recycling & How to Recycle Lessons for Kids||Pupils discover what recycling is and how it's carried out.|
|Irrigation, Desalination & Landfills Lessons for Kids||In each of these three lessons, students can discover the meaning and significance of each term.|
|Types of Water Pollution, Causes of Air Pollution, Land Pollution, Noise Pollution & Soil Pollution Lessons for Kids||The causes and effects of various kinds of air pollution are studied in these lessons.|
1. Ecosystems Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts
This lesson will focus on ecosystems. We will explore the importance of ecosystems and take a close look at the essential things that all living things need for survival.
2. Types of Ecosystems: Lesson for Kids
All over the world, different living and non-living things have special jobs they do to create a healthy, functioning in their ecosystem. Come and learn about the different types of ecosystems and what it would be like to live in them.
3. Food Chain Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples
In this lesson, you will learn about simple food chains and how energy is passed from producers to consumers to decomposers. You will also learn how you fit into the food chain!
4. Food Web Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples
Did you know that all living things are linked together by the food we eat? In this lesson learn how we can make a visual representation, called a food web, to show the flow of energy between different species within a community.
5. Human Food Chain Lesson for Kids
This lesson will help you learn what a human food chain is. Discover how human food chains work and how nutrients and energy are carried from one living thing to another.
6. Coral Reef Ecosystem Lesson for Kids
In this lesson, you will get a chance to explore a coral reef ecosystem. You will learn about the three types of coral reefs as well as the many plants and animals that work together and depend on each other in the oldest, most productive ecosystem on Earth.
7. Coral Reef Lesson for Kids
In this lesson, you will learn about coral reefs, one of the world's most interesting ecosystems. Coral reefs are found in tropical oceans. They contain two different types of coral called hard coral and soft coral.
8. Coral Reef Food Chain Lesson for Kids
In this lesson, you'll learn how energy is transferred from the sun, to plants, to animals in order to support the organisms that live in the coral reef. You'll see how primary producers, primary consumers, and secondary consumers depend on each other for survival.
9. Desert Biome Lesson for Kids
Come take a walk through the desert biome! In this lesson, you will learn all about the desert's climate, plants and animals. You better pack a bottle of water because it will be dry!
10. Desert Ecosystem Lesson for Kids
Believe it or not, deserts are not just the hot, dry environments we see in movies with camels and cacti. In fact, some deserts are so cold that the ground stays frozen in ice. Learn about the different kinds of deserts and how plant and animal life survive in these extreme ecosystems.
11. Desert Food Chain Lesson for Kids
Deserts are really interesting places! This lesson will teach you all about producers, consumers, and decomposers and the way that they all work together to make the desert a good place to live.
12. The Nile River Lesson for Kids
The Nile River stretches across Africa for over 4,000 miles. Read this lesson to learn about the river, its famous floods, and how people have relied on its water for thousands of years.
13. Forest Ecosystem Lesson for Kids
This lesson will teach you about the forest ecosystem. It will highlight the different kinds of forests there are, and guide you through the different levels of a forest.
14. Marine Food Chain Lesson for Kids
What's the difference between a food chain and a food web? How are food chains different in different habitats? This lesson will teach you about all the members of a marine food chain, including producers, herbivores, and consumers.
15. Ocean Climate Lesson for Kids
This lesson will teach you all about oceanic climates. Oceanic climates are also called maritime or marine climates. Learn what oceanic climates are like, where you can find them, and what causes them.
16. Ocean Ecosystem Lesson for Kids
The ocean is more than just the waves we see hitting the shoreline; it is a fascinating and mysterious ecosystem. In this lesson, you will learn all about the ocean, its characteristics, location, and the plants and animals that call it home.
17. Ocean Floor Lesson for Kids
The ocean floor is a dark, mysterious place, and you will learn about it in this lesson. You will learn what it looks like and also what lives down there.
18. Ocean Currents Lesson for Kids
In this lesson, learn and discuss the types of currents in the ocean. Examine the directions that the currents move. Learn how the currents and their movements effect weather.
19. Ocean Food Chain Lesson for Kids
This lesson will cover the definition of an ocean food chain and the different producers and consumers. It'll also look at the several different types of consumers that are found in the oceans.
20. Ocean Food Web Lesson for Kids
In this lesson, we will learn what a food web is. We will also discuss the 2 main classifications of organisms found in a food web. We will give an example of an ocean food web and discuss how scientists use food webs.
21. Pond Ecosystem Lesson for Kids
In this lesson, you'll learn about the pond ecosystem. We will take a close look at what a pond is, what makes up a pond ecosystem and what it takes to maintain a successful ecosystem.
22. Rainforest Ecosystem Lesson for Kids
What makes the tropical rainforest so special? In this lesson, you will learn about the beautiful rainforest ecosystem, where they are in the world, and what plants and creatures live there.
23. Rainforest Food Chain Lesson for Kids
Food chains show how animals and plants rely on each other for food. In this lesson, you'll learn how plants and animals in the rainforest are connected in food chains.
24. Smoky Mountains Lesson for Kids
Join Hanna as she takes a trip to the Great Smoky Mountains. You will learn why they are smoky and you will learn about the flora and fauna - the plants and animals, that is!
25. Environmental Issues Lesson for Kids
There are many different environmental issues occurring each and every day like water pollution and global warming. In this lesson, we'll learn about the different environmental issues found on the land, in the water, and in the air, along with how we can help.
26. Natural Resources Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples
Natural resources are the materials we use from nature to make the things we need. Air, water, plants, and animals are all examples of natural resources. Read this lesson to learn more about natural resources.
27. What is Sustainability? - Lesson for Kids
If something is sustainable, it means that we could keep using or doing it for a long time. In this lesson, you'll learn about sustainability and why it's important.
28. What is Pollution? - Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts
Some of the things people do cause harm to the earth. We cause pollution when we make our water, land, and air dirty. In this lesson, you will learn what pollution is, why we have it, and what we can do about it.
29. What is Energy Conservation? - Lesson for Kids
You've probably heard people talk about energy conservation, but what does it mean? Keep reading to find out what energy conservation is, why it's important, and what you can do to help conserve energy right now.
30. What is Global Warming? - Definition & Lesson for Kids
Global warming is the process that causes the Earth's temperature to rise and makes the Earth warmer. Humans play a large role in the increase in the Earth's temperature.
31. What is the Greenhouse Effect? - Lesson for Kids
How can plants be grown during cold seasons? Inside a greenhouse it stays nice and warm even if there are snowmen outside. Learn how Earth is like a giant greenhouse in this lesson.
32. The Nitrogen Cycle Lesson for Kids
The nitrogen cycle is essential for the survival of living organisms on our planet. Most nitrogen is contained in the Earth's atmosphere, and living organisms need a way to access that nitrogen. We will follow the cycle to understand how this happens.
33. How to Recycle: Lesson for Kids
Taking care of the planet isn't just for Earth Day! Read on to learn about how you can make a difference every day by reducing, reusing, and recycling!
34. Irrigation Lesson for Kids
Irrigation is an important part of your life. In this lesson, you will explore how irrigation is used daily, how important it is to your survival, and how you can have fun with irrigation! Continue reading to learn more.
35. Desalination Lesson for Kids
Since the Earth is nicknamed the 'Blue Planet,' you would think we have enough water to last us forever. However, almost all of the water on Earth is undrinkable salt water. This lesson focuses on the process of turning that sea water into fresh, usable water.
36. Types of Water Pollution: Lesson for Kids
Clean water is necessary for life. When water gets polluted, it becomes unhealthy for all living creatures. In this lesson, you will learn about the different ways that water gets polluted.
37. Causes of Air Pollution Lesson for Kids
Air pollution is bad news. It can make people and animals sick. But how does the air get polluted? In this lesson, you'll learn about what causes air pollution.
38. Land Pollution Lesson for Kids
Sometimes the earth gets filled up with things that make it dirty. We call this pollution. Pollution occurs on land, in the air, and in water. This lesson is about pollution on the land.
39. Noise Pollution Lesson for Kids
There is an invisible form of pollution that we don't normally think about. Learn about noise pollution and how it affects people and animals. Then find out how you can protect yourself from this form of pollution.
40. Soil Pollution Lesson for Kids
This lesson will teach you about soil pollution. We will look at what soil pollution is, how it occurs and how it affects living things. We'll also learn ways that we can prevent soil pollution.
41. Landfills Lesson for Kids
If you've ever wondered where your garbage goes after you throw it out, this lesson is for you! Learn about landfills and some of the problems they have. Then, test yourself with a short quiz.
42. Arctic Tundra Facts: Lesson for Kids
The Arctic tundra is not a place people want to live, but it is a large part of Earth that has a very interesting community of life. Learn more facts about the tundra in this lesson.
43. Renewable Energy Lesson for Kids: Sources & Types
When you ride in a car or on a bus, you are probably using gasoline to make that vehicle run. Gasoline is not a renewable resource and is harming our planet. In this lesson, we will talk about different sources and types of renewable energy.
44. Land Biomes: Lesson for Kids
Come on an adventure to learn about Earth's land biomes! This lesson will tell you what land biomes are and include a description of each biome's climate, plants and animals.
45. Tropical Rainforest Biome Facts: Lesson for Kids
Join me on a trip through the tropical rainforest biome. This land biome is home to over half of the world's species of plant and animals with a warm and humid climate.
46. Types of Biomes: Lesson for Kids
Some are hot, some cold. Some have a lot of rain, some hardly any at all. All have plants and animals, but different kinds. What are we talking about? Biomes. Learn about the five major biomes of the earth by reading on.
47. Desert Habitat: Lesson for Kids
Deserts are more than just a lot of sand and really hot temperatures. What makes deserts special, and how do plants and animals survive there? Find out these answers and more interesting facts by reading this lesson on desert habitats.
48. ABC Games for Kids
Playing alphabet games can be a terrific way to cement a student's grasp of the ABC's. Check out this article for game ideas, and more helpful resources for teaching the alphabet.
49. Avalanche Facts: Lesson for Kids
Many people think of a snow capped mountain as a peaceful scene, but things can get ugly pretty quick if an avalanche comes! Learn about what causes avalanches, the effects they have on the world around them and some avalanche safety tips.
50. Biome Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts
Have you ever been to a hot, dry desert? How about a tropical rainforest? These are biomes. This lesson will teach you the basics of the Earth's major biomes.
51. Freshwater Ecosystem Lesson for Kids
This lesson will teach you about freshwater ecosystems. We will learn about what a freshwater ecosystem is, and what living and non living things you will find within it.
52. Freshwater Habitats: Lesson for Kids
This lesson introduces you to freshwater habitats. You will learn all sorts of facts about different bodies of freshwater, including how they form and why they are important.
53. Freshwater Facts: Lesson for Kids
Freshwater environments are very important for the human population and the environment. Learn how to define freshwater, identify freshwater species, and explain the benefits of freshwater, as well as the environmental issues that these ecosystems are facing.
54. Grassland Facts: Lesson for Kids
There are places on Earth where grasses spread out all around you. The wind blowing through the grass like green waves as far as the eye can see. These are the grassland biomes of the Earth and they are pretty amazing places. This lesson will teach you about this amazing biome.
55. Grassland Biome Lesson for Kids
Jump in our safari jeep and learn about the grassland biome. You will explore the two types of grasslands, their climate, and the plants and animals that call it home.
56. Hydropower Facts: Lesson for Kids
You probably know water is powerful, but did you know that we can use that power in our homes? This lesson introduces you to hydropower, and tells you how it works.
57. Ocean Biome Facts: Lesson for Kids
The ocean biome is made up of the five oceans of the world. Learn facts about the ocean biome as well as the plants and sea creatures that live in the different zones of the biome.
58. Ocean Pollution Facts: Lesson for Kids
In this lesson, you will learn the basics about ocean pollution. You will learn about different pollutants and why they are harmful. You will also learn how people can work together to keep the oceans clean.
59. Oil Spill Facts: Lesson for Kids
Oil spills have occurred many times each year since the 1970s. Learn what causes these destructive and deadly accidents, how they affect the environment, and about some of the most infamous oil spills of all time.
60. Swamp Facts: Lesson for Kids
There are different kinds of swamps, and they all have an important job. This lesson will teach you about swamps, how they protect the land around them, what animals you can find in them, and some other cool facts about these waterlogged areas.
61. Taiga Biome Facts: Lesson for Kids
Jump on the dogsled and explore the taiga biome! This the largest of Earth's land biomes, has long winters, and is full of evergreen trees. Wear a coat because it will by chilly!
62. Tundra Biome Facts: Lesson for Kids
In this lesson, learn all about life in the tundra. With temperatures dipping to below 50 degrees Fahrenheit and the home of the polar bear, you may think twice before you go to visit!
63. Recycling Lesson Plan
Want to teach your students about recycling in a fun way? A text lesson walks them through the essentials while an in-class activity allows them to engage in recycling. Ongoing instruction is made possible with our suggestions for extensions and related lessons.
64. Recycling Lesson for Kids: Facts & Definition
In this lesson, we will discuss recycling and why it's important. You'll learn about items that can be recycled and see examples, and you'll explore how each of these items is recycled.
65. Antarctica Lesson for Kids: Facts & Weather
Where would you like to go on vacation? Hawaii? Alaska? How about Antarctica? Yes, it's cold there, but in this lesson you will learn about some of the things that make Antarctica amazing and unique.
66. Facts About the Arctic: Lesson for Kids
The Arctic is a very chilly place at the top of the Earth. This lesson will teach you about the Arctic, how cold it gets there, what animals make it their home and some other cool facts about this very cold place.
67. Arctic Habitat Facts: Lesson for Kids
The Arctic habitat is a very cold place at the top of the Earth. This lesson will teach you about the Arctic habitat, how cold it gets, what kinds of animals and plants live there and some other neat facts about this icy area.
68. Car Pollution Facts: Lesson for Kids
Car pollution is a very harmful form of air pollution. Learn more about what car pollution is, its effects on the environment and ozone layer, and what you can do to help reduce car pollution.
69. Carbon Dioxide Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts
Did you know that carbon dioxide can be found all over the universe? Come and learn about what carbon dioxide is, where it can be found, as well as its positive and negative attributes.
70. Colorado River Facts: Lesson for Kids
In this lesson, you will learn about the beautiful and important Colorado River. We'll find out where the river got its name, learn about its path, and read about the types of animals that live there.
71. Death Valley Facts: Lesson for Kids
Death Valley is a place of many extremes, making it a unique destination. Some facts about Death Valley may surprise you! Join us as we explore nature's hottest spot.
72. Forest Fire Facts: Lesson for Kids
Forest fires are uncontrolled fires that burn through natural areas, consuming everything in their paths. But even though they are devastating, there are benefits to forest fires. Keep reading to learn more.
73. Fossil Facts: Lesson for Kids
If you've ever visited a natural history museum, you've probably observed fossils of dinosaurs, mammoths, plants, and insects. While these are bones, they're probably not the type that would interest your dog! In this lesson, you will learn what a fossil is, how a fossil is formed, and what type of scientist studies fossils.
74. Fossil Fuel Facts: Lesson for Kids
Fossil fuel is old, like a fossil. Fossil fuel is the decomposed remains of plants and animals that have been converted to fuel. Learn why fossil fuels are a type of nonrenewable energy, and what happens when they're burned.
75. Haiti Earthquake Facts: Lesson for Kids
Natural disasters occur in many different forms. Whether they are hurricanes, floods, or earthquakes, they are nearly always devastating. The earthquake that shook Haiti in 2010 was no exception. In this lesson, you will learn about that earthquake and how it forever changed Haiti.
76. Indian Ocean Facts: Lesson for Kids
In this lesson, you will learn about the Indian Ocean. You will discover how big it is, the climate in the ocean, and the types of animals that live in the ocean.
77. Earth's Inner Core Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts
The inner core is located at the very center of the Earth. We can't travel there, so most of what we know about the core is based on scientists' theories. In this lesson we will learn facts about the inner core, as well as how scientists study it.
78. Lakes Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts
Lakes are bodies of water that give life and enjoyment to people and animals alike. They are often beautiful, scenic destinations. What are lakes, and how did they get here? Read on to learn more!
79. Littering Facts: Lesson for Kids
Garbage belongs in garbage cans, not on the ground! Learn what littering is, how it's dangerous to animals, how it's expensive to clean up, and how you can help stop it.
80. Malaria Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts
Malaria has been around for centuries, quickly killing large groups of people, and it is still causing deaths today. In this lesson, learn more about this deadly disease, including its causes, symptoms, and treatments.
81. Non-Renewable Energy Facts: Lesson for Kids
When you turn on the lights and ride in a car, you're most likely using a non-renewable energy source. Learn about the different types of non-renewable energy, where they come from and whether they are good or bad.
82. Nuclear Energy Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts
Look around you. Everything you see is made of microscopic objects called atoms. Atoms are the source of nuclear energy. Nuclear energy is energy that comes from changes in an atom's nucleus, which seems pretty simple but is actually a very complicated chemical reaction!
83. Soil Facts: Lesson for Kids
This lesson introduces you to the soil under your feet! You will learn about the materials and processes that make soil, the characteristics of different types of soil, and why soil is important.
84. Solar Energy Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts
Above your head, there's a single source of energy that is used by every person on the planet. It burns so brightly that you can't stare directly at it. I'm talking about the Sun and in this lesson, you'll learn how we use the Sun's energy.
85. Solar Power Facts: Lesson for Kids
If you've ever been outside on a sunny day, you know how much heat and energy the sun produces. Learn how we capture and use the energy from the sun to power things on Earth.
86. Water Conservation Lesson for Kids: Facts & Importance
This lesson will teach you about water conservation, with a focus on the water our households use every day. You will learn simple ways to reduce the amount of water you use.
87. Wetland Lesson for Kids: Facts & Ecosystem
In this lesson, we will explore the wetlands. We'll not only learn what a wetland is and where you can find one, but we will also take a look at plants and animals that live in wetlands and how they are important to our world.
88. Whaling Facts: Lesson for Kids
This lesson introduces the history of whaling and discusses its impacts on whale populations. You will also learn about efforts to protect whales from hunting.
89. Wind Energy Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts
People have used the wind to do work for centuries. In the past, windmills were used to pump water and grind grain. Today, huge wind turbines are used to generate electricity. Learn about wind energy.
90. Forest Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts
The earth is an incredible place with many ecosystems. Parts of our planet are icy cold, others have rain almost every day, and still others are full of tall, rocky mountains. In this lesson you will learn about one of the most common kinds of ecosystems: forests.
91. What is Nature? - Lesson for Kids
Did you know that when you are playing outside, you are in nature? In this lesson, you will learn what nature is, how to use your body to identify nature, and discover that nature is all around you.
92. Why Are Rainforests Important? - Lesson for Kids
This lesson introduces the impact of rainforests on many different areas - climate, plants, animals, and humans. It explains how rainforests play a key role in keeping our planet healthy.
93. Dolphin Food Chain: Lesson for Kids
Think about what you ate today. Since you are a consumer, you eat different foods in order to get energy - putting you at the top of the food chain! In this lesson, you are going to learn about what a dolphin eats to stay alive.
94. Pond Food Chains: Lesson for Kids
What kind of animals do you notice around ponds? Many different animals live in or around ponds. In this lesson, you will learn how plants and animals from ponds get the energy they need to survive.
95. Grassland Food Chain: Lesson for Kids
Have you ever wondered what a plant, an elephant and a termite have in common? You might be surprised to find out that they actually depend on one another for survival! In this lesson you will learn about grasslands and the food chains in this ecosystem.
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Other chapters within the Science for Kids course
- Science Basics for Elementary School
- Biology for Elementary School
- Body Systems for Elementary School
- Animal Facts for Elementary School
- Plant & Fungi Facts for Elementary School
- Physics for Elementary School
- Chemistry for Elementary School
- Astronomy for Elementary School
- Geology for Elementary School
- Weather for Elementary School