Your Own Backyard

Earth has many different kinds of environments, each with its own natural features. This lesson introduces students to a variety of environments through multimedia resources. Students begin by discussing the environmental features of the area where they live then take a field trip to explore a local environment. They then watch videos of four different types of environments and compare and contrast their features. In the final activity, students talk about interesting places they have visited and discuss them in terms of their geologic features.

Standards & Objectives

Academic standards
GLE 0107.7.1
Realize that water, rocks, soil, living organisms, and man-made objects make up the earths surface.
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Learning objectives: 

Students will:

  • Understand that Earth's surface has diverse features
  • Explain that Earth's surface is made up of rocks, soil, and water, and is surrounded by the gases of the atmosphere
  • Recognize that rocks come in many different shapes and sizes (for example, boulders, pebbles, and sand)

Lesson Variations

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