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What Is Natural?

What 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.

"One of the most important reasons we have such serious environmental problems is that humans consider themselves unnatural." DGK