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Human Impact on the Environment – Middle School Science Unit for NGSS MS ESS3-3

This unit on the human impact on the environment will save you lots of time and will keep your students engaged!

If you follow the suggested schedule I’ve included, it will cover seven days’ worth of lessons and activities!

Human Impact on the Environment

Students will learn that humans impact the environment on the Earth in both positive and negative ways. Your class will design a solution to a problem created by human impact on the environment.

The unit starts with a PowerPoint slideshow w/ strategic note taking guide, and also includes two engineering activities, scenarios to evaluate, follow-up pages, a quiz, and answer keys for everything!

Your students will be engaged by the two engineering activities!

Your class will design and create a water filter and a solar oven.

This unit is designed to address standards NGSS MS ESS3-3 and Utah SEEd 8.4.3.

NGSS MS ESS3-3: Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment. [Clarification Statement: Examples of the design process include examining human environmental impacts, assessing the kinds of solutions that are feasible, and designing and evaluating solutions that could reduce that impact. Examples of human impacts can include water usage (such as the withdrawal of water from streams and aquifers or the construction of dams and levees), land usage (such as urban development, agriculture, or the removal of wetlands), and pollution (such as of the air, water, or land).]

Utah SEEd Standard 8.4.3: Design a solution to monitor or mitigate the potential effects of the use of natural resources. Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well each solution meets the criteria and constraints of the problem. Examples of uses of the natural environment could include agriculture, conservation efforts, recreation, solar energy, and water management. 

This unit aligns well with the standards and has just enough information without being overwhelming. Great labs and follow-up pages. Great slide show. Altogether a really great unit that is easy to implement.

Jennifer K.

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