Is Natural? is actually four activities in one inquiry. In Thinking
about What Is Natural, students use a Thinksheet to think through their
own concept of "natural." In What Is Natural Outdoors?
students explore an outdoor environment and classify found objects as abiota (nonliving),
biota (living), natural, and nonnatural. In What Is a Matter Cycle?
students use matter cycle graphic organizers in order to establish a connection
between manufactured products and the earth's natural resources. In How
Are Matter Cycles a Part of My Everyday Environment? students create matter
cycles for objects that they use everyday. The Family
Page extends this learning to the community by providing families with challenges
to explore at home.
Topics: nature, biota (living) vs. abiota (nonliving), ecosystems, classification,
cycles, natural resources, manufacturing, matter (solid, liquid, gas)
Ohio Academic Standards Alignment: Click here to view content standards alignment to Science for Ohio by grade level.
Nature is often defined in general terms. Phrases like "getting back to
nature," "finding nature," etc. lend support to the notion that nature has
been lost or forgotten. In today's culture it's unusual to get to
see a natural resource made into a product, then returned to a natural resource
again. As a result, students often lack an understanding of the human connection
to nature and natural resources. They don't realize that everything around
them comes from the earth and will inevitably return there in time.
- Natural Resource.
A natural resource is any matter that humans get from the Earth.
"Bio" means life. Biota means living. Living organisms are those
which need SWEAT:
Examples of biota include:
animals, plants, fungi (like mushrooms), protists, and monerans (one-celled
organisms including bacteria).
- Expected Results.
- Natural. Students
will begin to form their own concept of "natural" based on
direct observation and discussion.
- Living vs nonliving.
Students will have a better concept of the characteristics of a
living thing. Expect them to be comfortable with the terms abiota and
Students will have a deeper understanding that all matter comes from
the earth's resources and will, in time, return to the earth's resources
to continue the cycle.
Students should begin to realize that we are dependent upon nature and
natural resources for our survival