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Why Should I Protect Nature?

Lesson Description:
• Listen to gain knowledge and share information and perform a task (relating to caring for trees and experiencing nature).
• Explain the interdependence relationships between humans, trees, and nature.
Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Lecture
  • Project

Sustainability Topic:
  • Ecosystems
  • Waste Reduction

GEF Program Category:
  • Waste Reduction Challenge

Time Needed:
60 Minutes
Standards Addressed:
Technology Standard 3: Understand the relationship among science, technology, society and the individual.

• Benchmark # 3: Know that man-made materials, products, and systems
can affect the 
environment adversely, yet there are things that can be done to circumvent this process (e.g., disposing of waste properly, reusing old objects in new ways).

Science Standard 14: Understands how human actions modify the physical environment.

• Benchmark #1: Knows how people affect the environment in negative (e.g., cutting trees,) and positive (e.g., becoming stewards of environment ) ways.

Language Arts Standard 8: Use listening and speaking strategies for different purposes.

• Benchmark # 1: Make contributions in class and group discussions.

• Benchmark # 2: Ask and respond to questions.

• Benchmark # 5: Use grade level appropriate vocabulary in speech (e.g., terms related to parts of trees).
Materials Needed:
·         Included PowerPoint presentation “Why Should I Protect Nature?”(link provided below)
·         Included below “Why Should I Protect Nature?”matching activity
·         Unlined index card or small piece of drawing paper for each student
·         Writing and drawing utensils
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This lesson is best suited for Grade 1.
Lesson Documents:
application/pdf Why Protect Nature.pdf
Lesson Documents:
application/msword Why Protect Nature PPT.ppt

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