Species that Cause Change in the Environment-Beneficial vs. Harmful (Activity #2)

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 an activity in which students complete a workbook assignment.

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.

Pre-Activity Prep: 
Doing the Activity: 

The activity can be found on Page 4 of the PDF linked below.

Materials: 
  • Student workbooks downloaded from www.protectingusnow.org.
  • Colored pencils and crayons for coloring, regular pencils for completing the other activities.
Time: 
One to two class periods
Source: 
ProtectU.S., www.protectingusnow.org