Standards: Arizona State Social Studies Standards Strand 4: Geography, Concept 5: Environment and Society Human and environmental interactions are interdependent upon one another. PO1: Describe how humans modify ecosystems (e.g., deforestation and desertification). PO2: Describe why humans modify ecosystems (e.g., resources, economic livelihood). PO3: Explain how changes in the natural environment can increase or diminish its capacity to support human activities (e.g., global warming, pollution, mining, natural disasters, water table). PO5: Analyzing changing viewpoints on the best use of natural resources (e.g., value of oil, water use, forest management).
Student will understand ways in which humans have altered their environment and why.
Students will use Ecuador as a case study in understanding how humans interact with and impact their environment. They will use Ecuador as a frame of reference when studying their own community.
Students will reflect on the attitudes and priorities of various communities, including their own, in their interaction with the environment.
Lesson 1 Venn Diagram
Lesson 2 Graphic Organizer
Lesson 3 Chart
Lesson Plans: Lesson 1: How have humans changed the environment?
Do First/ Anticipatory Set:
Writing Prompt: “What changes have you noticed in our city as you have grown up?” After 5 minutes, have students share answers with partners. 1. Teacher introduces topic and either passes out or posts (for students to copy) a Venn diagram (Handout 1). Have students list changes for their hometown in the Venn diagram—teacher does so on overhead.
Teaching: Input, Modeling, Check for Understanding
2. Present PowerPoint presentation. Have students record in Venn Diagram ways the environment has been altered in Ecuador. 1. Share answers on overhead. 2. Have students in groups of 2-4 fill out the center of the diagram reflecting on similarities between Ecuador and their hometown.