Species that Cause Change in the Environment-Beneficial vs. Harmful (Activity #1)

Lesson:

Activity Description: 

A 30-minute presentation focuses on how some species (native and introduced) are beneficial to the environment, while others (native and introduced) are actually detrimental (harmful) to the environment. 

The presentation is followed by a researching activity where students visit several specified websites and complete a handout and final report on their findings.

Objective: 

Students will:

  • Recognize that all organisms cause changes in the environment where they live. Some of these changes are detrimental to the organism or other organisms, whereas others are beneficial. 
  • Recognize ways plants and animals, including humans, can impact the environment.
Educational Standards: 

National Science Education Life Science Standards

Grades K-4: All organisms cause changes in the environment where they live. Some of these changes are detrimental to the organism or other organisms, whereas others are beneficial. 

Sunshine state standards

SC.4.L.17.4: Recognize ways plants and animals, including humans, can impact the environment.

Language arts and Technology standards can be applied to this activity.

Pre-Activity Prep: 
  • Download and review the scripted presentation can be downloaded from www.protectingusnow.org. 
  • Download and make copies of student handout 1 from www.protectingusnow.org. 
  • Reserve the computer lab (with internet) and library space.
  • Make sure your school does not have the activity websites blocked.
Doing the Activity: 

The activity can be found on Page 1 of the PDF linked below

Materials: 
Time: 
Three to four class periods
Source: 
ProtectU.S., www.protectingusnow.org