The Importance of Environments Unit Plan

Unit Plan

The Importance of Environments Unit Plan

10 x Lessons |1 x Assessment | Suitable for Grades: 3 - 5

This Science unit addresses the importance of ecosystems to plants and animals and the ways in which they can be protected.

It consists of 10 lessons, each of approximately 60-minute duration times.

The sequence of lessons and suggested time frames should be regarded as a guide only; teachers should pace lessons in accordance with the individual learning needs of their class.

An assessment task for monitoring student understanding of the unit objectives is included and will require an additional lesson.

 Overview

Objectives

  • To introduce the students to the importance of environments.
  • To understand how climate can influence the vegetation and animals found in a coniferous forest.
  • To understand how climate can influence the vegetation and animals found in a deciduous forest.
  • To understand how climate can influence the vegetation and animals found in a desert.
  • To understand how climate can influence the vegetation and animals found in a temperate grassland.
  • To understand how climate can influence the vegetation and animals found in a tropical rainforest.
  • To understand how climate can influence the vegetation and animals found in a tundra.
  • To investigate the importance of natural vegetation to animals and people.
  • To investigate the different ways that vegetation can be beneficial.
  • To investigate the esthetic, emotional and spiritual connection people have with vegetation.

Preparing for Learning

This Science unit provides excellent opportunities for cross-curricular integration. Look for ways to meaningfully integrate the content of the unit with other learning areas e.g. Literacy, Math, and Geography.

Prior to starting the unit, develop an Ecosystem display in the classroom. Display postersword wall vocabulary, and learning goals that the students will engage with throughout the unit to stimulate their learning. For examples of additional teaching resources to display in your classroom, browse the Ecosystems collection on the Teach Starter website.

Some of the resources that accompany this unit plan will need to be prepared prior to teaching. For this reason, it is advised that teachers browse through all lessons before beginning the unit.

 Lessons

60 minutes
Lesson 1

The Importance of Environments

A 60 minute lesson in which students will be introduced to the importance of environments.

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60 minutes
Lesson 2

Coniferous Forests

A 60 minute lesson in which students will understand how climate can influence the vegetation and animals found in a coniferous forest.

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60 minutes
Lesson 3

Deciduous Forests

A 60 minute lesson in which students will understand how climate can influence the vegetation and animals found in a deciduous forest.

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60 minutes
Lesson 4

Deserts

A 60 minute lesson in which students will understand how climate can influence the vegetation and animals found in a desert.

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60 minutes
Lesson 5

Temperate Grasslands

A 60 minute lesson in which students will understand how climate can influence the vegetation and animals found in a temperate grassland.

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60 minutes
Lesson 6

Tropical Rainforests

A 60 minute lesson in which students will understand how climate can influence the vegetation and animals found in a tropical rainforest.

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60 minutes
Lesson 7

Tundras

A 60 minute lesson in which students will understand how climate can influence the vegetation and animals found in a tundra.

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60 minutes
Lesson 8

Exploring Plants

A 60 minute lesson in which students will investigate the importance of natural vegetation to animals and people.

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60 minutes
Lesson 9

Vital Vegetation

A 60 minute lesson in which students will investigate the different ways that vegetation can be beneficial.

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60 minutes
Lesson 10

People's Connection with Vegetation

A 60 minute lesson in which students will investigate the esthetic, emotional and spiritual connection people have with vegetation.

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60 minutes
Lesson 11 (Assessment)

The Importance of Environments - Inquiry Task

An inquiry-based assessment task in which students will demonstrate their understanding of the importance of their local environment.

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