How do we impact natural resources by our activities?
This unit helps meet some of the AFNR curriculum standards for natural resources. Students will learn how to test texture and other physical characteristics of soil, conduct water quality tests, engineer a water filter, identify air quality parameters, and research careers in natural resources.
Students examine their ecological footprint by listing all their activities and the natural resources that support those activities.
Every human activity uses and impacts the natural resources of the Earth: soil, water and air. Agriculture is blamed for many negative impacts, but there are many things growers do to prevent those negative impacts. Consumers, too have many negative impacts on the Earth and its systems. This set of lessons attempts to investigate some impacts and discover ways those negative impacts can be lessened.
Next gen standards
Science and engineering practices
Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering)
Developing and using models
Planning and carrying out investigations
Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)
Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
Systems and system models
Disciplinary core ideas/content
ESS2A Earth materials and systems
ESS2C The roles of water in Earth's surface processes
ESS3A Natural resources
ESS3C Human impacts on Earth systems
LS1A Structure and Function
ETS1A Defining and Delimiting an Engineering problem
ETS1B Developing possible solutions
ETS1C Optimizing the design solution
ETS2B Influence of engineering, technology and science on society and the natural world
How do growers’ decisions affect the sustainability of agricultural systems? Understand and appreciate food producers through this case study and determine what decisions must be made on a yearly, monthly or daily basis to maintain an environmental system that will …
What are the current issues in biotechnology? There is a lot of resistance to genetic modification and the use of genetically modified crops. What is the science? This unit helps to provide some background in cell function …
Why do farmers spend time and money to apply chemicals to their fields? In this threaded PBL*, (an effort to integrate agricultural understandings into the normal sequence of an Environmental Science classroom) students will conduct several “close reads” (reading for understanding, analysis and appl…