ERIC Number: ED392622
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Understanding Our Environment: Land.
Callister, Jeffrey C.; Crampton, Janet Wert
Part of the Understanding Our Environment project that is designed to engage students in investigating specific environmental problems through concrete activities and direct experience, this unit introduces students to the idea of natural resources and focuses on resources found on land: minerals such as hematite and gypsum; rocks such as granite and limestone; fossil fuels such as natural gas, coal and oil; and surface deposits such as soil, sand, and gravel. Students study characteristics of natural resources and sources of human-made materials, and learn how use of natural resources affects the environment. Objectives include: learning what types of materials, both natural and made by humans, are in the local environment; understanding how the land's natural mineral resources are identified, obtained, and used by humans; finding out the origin, composition, and sources of the materials in our environment; studying the development of landscape and special properties of soil; and considering what people can do about environmental damage caused when humans obtain natural resources from the land. (JRH)
Descriptors: Conservation (Environment), Earth Science, Elementary Secondary Education, Environmental Education, Fossil Fuels, Geology, Hands on Science, Investigations, Land Use, Natural Resources, Science Activities, Soil Conservation, Soil Science
NSTA, 1840 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201 (Stock #PB115X).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Science Teachers Association, Arlington, VA.
Note: For all seven units in this series, see SE 057 794-801.