Human-Caused or Natural? Exploring Impactful Changes to Habitats

Lesson Plan Content
Every living thing has a home or habitat that helps it survive and thrive. There are a variety of habitats where specific animals and plants live. Every habitat contains specific climate requirements that can also influence what lives there. It is critical that we understand habitats and climates can be impacted by natural and human-caused changes. In this lesson, students will look at habitats and/or climates impacted by agriculture, pollution, and rising sea level and determine the cause—natural or human. This lesson contains adaptations for diverse learners (ELLs).
Melissa Mercado
Grade Range: 
2-4 class periods
Lesson Materials
Teacher Instructions: 
Materials to Assist Teachers and English Language Learners: 
National Geography Standards: 
1: How to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report information
14: How human actions modify the physical environment