Human Impact on the Environment
- Human Disasters: A Timeline of Earth-Altering Accidents
Students must research infamous earth-altering disasters then fill in the timeline provided in order to better understand how human mistakes can cause accidents that are devastating to the environment. They will complete a longer research project on one of the events. Additionally, you can discuss why the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico should be added to this list.
Oil & Water Experiments
- Investigate Activity: Cleaning Polluted Water
Students make a water filter, evaluate how well the filter works, and make inferences about which types of pollution cannot be filtered. Materials list, advance preparation instructions, lab hints and tips, rubric, worksheets, and answer key are provided.
Oil: A Natural Resource
- Natural Resources
Using this graphic organizer, students discuss natural resources such as air, forests, oil, soil, and water. This printable is customizable. Tailor the PDF to your teaching needs by typing in the highlighted fields before printing.
- Ten Largest Oil Spills in the U.S.
This table includes the date, cause, source, location, and volume of the ten largest oil spills in the U.S., including the 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the 1989 Exxon-Valdez spill.
- Earth-Altering Accidents
Discuss the cause and environmental impact of these earth-altering accidents with your students. Highlighted events include major oil spills, nuclear disasters, explosions, and chemical pollution.
Animals & Ecology
- Extinct, Endangered, and Threatened Animals Activity
Using reference materials, students will research the habitats of extinct, endangered, and threatened animals listed in this printable. Then, they will write a report about efforts to save one of the animals from extinction.
- Why Are Wetlands Important to the Environment?
Integrate environmental science in your study of wetlands with the questions in this printable. Students will use reference materials to research pond and marsh ecology, animal habitats, ecosystems, erosion, and the importance of wetlands.
- Kingfisher Young Knowledge: Oceans and Seas Teacher's Guide
Utilize the discussion questions and activities in this printable teacher's guide before, during, and after reading Oceans and Seas with your elementary-school students. Extend and enhance what they learn about marine life and ecology, with a letter writing activity, a science/art project, and a word scramble activity sheet.