Communities are using scientific ideas to address environmental issues and to protect resources! Students will learn about the way three different communities are using science ideas to address their environmental issues. Students will obtain and evaluate information through the three articles that they will read. This unit begins and ends with the use of phenomena.
This resource is aligned with the NGSS 5th-grade standard
Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use scientific ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.
In this unit, students will read informational text about four different communities, and the scientific ideas they are using to solve environmental issues.
This is an odd and tricky standard. Through these articles, students will obtain and combine information about ways communities use scientific ideas to protect Earth’s resources and environment.
They will read about:
California’s long drought and what scientific ideas and strategies are being implemented to address future water shortages.
Midwest flooding and levee breaking and the solutions proposed to protect against future river overflow.
Texas coastal flooding due to hurricanes and the new idea of creating prairie pockets to absorb runoff, filter rainwater, and attract native pollinators to the area.
Utah uses a variety of strategies to prevent erosion.
After each article, students will answer comprehension questions related to the reading passage and will define vocabulary.
At the end of the unit, students will take a quiz in the format of the end of the year testing.