Human Impact - Environment - Protecting Earth's Resources - Conservation

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Learning Objective

Students will learn about four different communities environmental issues and the science ideas being used to address them.


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. Great for Science Reading Comprehension!

Students will evaluate design solutions for protecting Earth's resources. They will look at four different communities and how they are addressing environmental concerns using design thinking.

This resource includes:

  • using phenomena
  • five pages of informational text on different design solutions being used to address environmental issues.
  • comprehension questions
  • vocabulary pages
  • multiple-choice quiz.

This resource is aligned with the NGSS 5th-grade standard

NGSS 5-ESS3-1.

Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.


Utah SEEd 5th grade 

This resource is designed to meet the Utah SEEd standard: 5.3.4

Evaluate design solutions whose primary function is to conserve Earth’s environments and resources. Define the problem, identify criteria and constraints, analyze available data on proposed solutions, and determine an optimal solution.

In this unit, students will read informational text about four different communities and the science ideas they are using to solve environmental issues.  

Great for Environmental Science and Earth Day!

This is an odd and tricky standard. Through these articles, students will obtain and combine information about ways communities use science ideas to protect Earth's resources and environment.

They will read about:

  • California’s long drought and what science 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.  

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Total Pages
36 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.
Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.
Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.


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