Ch 5: Humans & the Environment Lesson Plans & Resources

About This Chapter

These lesson plans are designed to help you build an effective syllabus when teaching your class about humans and the environment. You will find outlines of activities you can incorporate into your daily lessons to help your students learn about such topics as deforestation and land uses.

Humans & the Environment Lesson Plans & Resources - Chapter Summary

What impact do humans have on the environment? What is meant by environmental sustainability? Who are notable environmentalists and researchers? These are some of the topics you can help your students explore by using these lesson plans. These helpful resources provide details about classroom research and hands-on projects such as presentations, writing assignments and other creative group and individual activities that can easily be incorporated during class time.

Video and text lessons are other resources that can supplement your existing classroom materials and allow students to more deeply explore topics such as national parks, overfishing and desertification. Measure what you students have learned from these lessons using accompanying quizzes to determine if they need more study in any one area.

How It Helps

  • Learning objectives: Ensures that you meet your learning objectives in the areas of environmental term definitions and examples of the ways in which humans affect the environment
  • Activities or games: Discusses creative ways you can teach your students details about sustainability, conservation and such important figures in the field as Rachel Carson and Jane Goodall
  • Additional resources: Provides supplemental lessons you can utilize in class to enhance your students' learning experience regarding the various ways in which humans interact with and impact their environment

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning lessons on humans and the environment easy.

  • Use lesson plan outlines for specific topics on humans and the environment you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your ecology class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related lessons on humans and the environment 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 aspects of human impact on the environment.
  • Engage your students with relevant humans and the environment-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

40 Lessons in Chapter 5: Humans & the Environment Lesson Plans & Resources
Human Impact on the Environment Lesson Plan

1. Human Impact on the Environment Lesson Plan

How do our daily actions impact Earth's environment? This lesson plan is highlighted by a video lesson and concludes with an activity geared toward critical thinking.

Eutrophication Lesson Plan

2. Eutrophication Lesson Plan

This lesson plan provides an activity, lesson quiz, discussion questions and topics, as well as key terms that will help students learn about the causes and consequences of eutrophication.

Biomagnification Lesson Plan

3. Biomagnification Lesson Plan

What is biomagnification and what role does it play in the environment? This lesson plan includes a video lesson that thoroughly explains this phenomenon and an activity to highlight a seminal work in the field.

Deforestation Lesson Plan

4. Deforestation Lesson Plan

Do your students understand the phenomenon of deforestation? A video lesson delivers the facts and an activity gives students a chance to research incidents of deforestation.

Deforestation Lesson Plan for Elementary School

5. Deforestation Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about deforestation. Students will read a text lesson that explains deforestation. They will then explore causes/effects of the topic and conclude this lesson with a writing project.

Landfills Lesson Plan

6. Landfills Lesson Plan

What is a landfill and how does it relate to the trash we discard each day? This lesson plan uses a video lesson to explain key facts to students. An activity connects students with the realities of landfills.

Hazardous Waste Lesson Plan

7. Hazardous Waste Lesson Plan

What is hazardous waste and what protective measures are necessary when disposing of it? This lesson plan uses a video lesson to lay out key facts for students while an activity helps them educate others about the correct disposal of hazardous waste.

Littering Lesson Plan

8. Littering Lesson Plan

Do your students know the dangers of littering? This lesson plan uses an engaging video lesson to educate students about litter and its effects on the world. An art activity allows students to demonstrate mastery while educating others.

Waste Management Lesson Plan

9. Waste Management Lesson Plan

This lesson plan gives your students the ability to better understand the concept of integrated waste management by watching a video lesson, engaging in classroom discussion and creating a visual presentation.

Desertification Lesson Plan

10. Desertification Lesson Plan

This lesson plan utilizes numerous activities large and small, a research project, key terms, and discussion questions and topics in order to teach students about desertification.

Overfishing Lesson Plan

11. Overfishing Lesson Plan

This lesson plan's contents and suggestions help your students learn more about overfishing. You'll be provided discussion questions and topics, a quiz, an activity, and an extension for further learning.

Land Use Lesson Plan for Elementary School

12. Land Use Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Use this lesson plan to help you teach your students about land usage with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson to learn about land use, ask and find answers to their questions, and be challenged to apply their new knowledge to their own land development plans.

Uses of Land: Lesson for Kids

13. Uses of Land: Lesson for Kids

The earth is covered with lots of different types of land. Humans use this land in a variety of ways for a number of different purposes. In this lesson, you'll learn about the different ways people use land in our world.

Jane Goodall Activities

14. Jane Goodall Activities

This lesson shares four unique and fun activities you can use in your classroom to help students gain a greater appreciation and understanding of Jane Goodall. The activities will also help students learn more about how chimpanzees live and survive.

Jane Goodall Activities for Kids

15. Jane Goodall Activities for Kids

Jane Goodall is an inspiring person whose life and work have much to teach children. These activities help children learn as much as they can about Jane Goodall and what she has done in her lifetime.

Arbor Day Activities & Games

16. Arbor Day Activities & Games

While most of us just associate Arbor Day with trees, there are so many other ways to engage students in the day. From math to creative writing, Arbor Day offers lots of ideas to engage students in meaningful activities.

Sustainability Lesson Plan

17. Sustainability Lesson Plan

Need some tips for instruction on sustainability? This lesson plan uses two informative video lessons to build a solid knowledge base and an activity gives students a chance at analysis.

Rachel Carson Lesson Plan

18. Rachel Carson Lesson Plan

Teach your students about pioneer researcher Rachel Carson with this lesson plan. Students will use a lesson detailing her life and career as a launch point into research into the environmental dangers of pesticides.

Rachel Carson Activities

19. Rachel Carson Activities

Rachel Carson is an historical figure who offers so much for students to learn about and admire. This lesson provides activities that will help your students learn about her life, legacy, and work.

Silent Spring Lesson Plan

20. Silent Spring Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, students will learn about Rachel Carson's environmentalist classic, 'Silent Spring.' They will explore contemporary implications of her ideas by creating their own visual call to action on a current issue.

Silent Spring Discussion Questions

21. Silent Spring Discussion Questions

'Silent Spring' is an environmental book by Rachel Carson about the harmful effects of pesticides. This asset provides questions to lead classroom discussions about this book.

Ecological Footprint Lesson Plan

22. Ecological Footprint Lesson Plan

An ecological footprint is a way to measure the demand a person places on the environment. In this lesson plan, students will consider their ecological footprints and brainstorm ways to reduce the ecological impact of their school.

Human Impact on the Ecosystem Lesson Plan

23. Human Impact on the Ecosystem Lesson Plan

Humans impact all ecosystems in varying ways. Your students will have an involved learning experience as they watch an interesting video, create human ecosystem awareness posters, and take a quiz.

Human Impact on Biodiversity Lesson Plan

24. Human Impact on Biodiversity Lesson Plan

Humans impact the world around us daily. Your students will be amazed at the impacts they have on diversity as they learn about them through reading a text, creating biodiversity impact campaign posters, and completing a worksheet.

Organic Farming Lesson Plan

25. Organic Farming Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students will learn about organic farming and its benefits. They will apply this by developing a fact-driven pitch arguing for organic farming techniques.

What is Organic Farming? - Definition & Methods

26. What is Organic Farming? - Definition & Methods

In this article, we will define organic farming by taking a look at organic farming methods and the criteria needed for a product to become certified organic.

Earth's Energy & Material Resources Activities for Middle School

27. Earth's Energy & Material Resources Activities for Middle School

Learning about Earth's energy and her material resources can be overwhelming to your students. Help them understand these concepts with hands-on activities that challenge their thinking.

Environmental Concerns Activities for Middle School

28. Environmental Concerns Activities for Middle School

Many young people today are very interested in learning more about the environment and what they can do to protect it. This lesson offers a series of activities that help middle school students learn about environmental concerns.

Earth Day Lesson Plan

29. Earth Day Lesson Plan

Give your instruction on Earth Day a boost with the help of an engaging and informative video lesson and an in-class activity. Suggestions for supplementary activities and related lessons are included to take this topic a step further.

Tapped Documentary Discussion Questions

30. Tapped Documentary Discussion Questions

'Tapped' is a 2009 documentary by directors Stephanie Soechtig and Jason Lindsey about the bottled water industry. This asset contains classroom discussion questions about this film.

Environmental Stewardship Lesson Plan

31. Environmental Stewardship Lesson Plan

This lesson plan guides students to understand the concept of environmental stewardship. Class discussion and a brief worksheet assist with knowledge acquisition while a role-playing activity allows students to apply their knowledge.

Atmosphere Project Ideas

32. Atmosphere Project Ideas

You are ready to teach your students all about the atmosphere. The following class and group projects will help to facilitate the learning of the details of the atmosphere.

Seasons Project Ideas

33. Seasons Project Ideas

Are you looking to study the seasons with your elementary or middle school students? These project ideas address seasonal changes, weather patterns, and the astronomical component of seasons.

Recycling Project Ideas for High School

34. Recycling Project Ideas for High School

The concept of recycling is becoming more present in our society. As resources are depleted, we must be more aware of what we use daily. The following projects can help high school students think deeply about recycling and maybe even make an impact.

Environmental Engineering Project Ideas

35. Environmental Engineering Project Ideas

An increasingly popular job in the 21st-century is that of an environmental engineer. In this asset, you'll find several environmental engineering projects for students grades K-12.

Natural Disaster Project Ideas

36. Natural Disaster Project Ideas

In middle and high school science and history classes, you will cover content related to natural disasters. Use these group and individual project ideas to deepen students' understanding of natural disasters.

Chasing Ice Discussion Questions

37. Chasing Ice Discussion Questions

'Chasing Ice' is a 2012 documentary by director Jeff Orlowski that follows National Geographic photographer James Balog as he captures time-elapsed photos of shrinking glaciers. This asset contains classroom discussion questions about this film.

Deforestation Project Ideas

38. Deforestation Project Ideas

Use these project ideas to help your middle or high school-age students apply their knowledge and extend their thinking about the topic of deforestation. Each project can be assigned to individuals, partners, or teams.

World Environment Day Project Ideas

39. World Environment Day Project Ideas

World Environment Day is celebrated each year on June 5. NATO created this day to bring awareness to a major environmental issue that is impacting the earth. Use these activities with middle and high school students.

Volcano Unit Plan

40. Volcano Unit Plan

A volcano eruption is an impressive geological event that has the capacity to change the landscape. This unit plan outlines instruction for teachers building lessons about volcanoes.

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