Human Impacts on Earth's Systems

Human Impacts on Earth's Systems

I can explain how human activities impact the Earth.

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Human Impacts on Earth's Systems

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Students learn how human activity affects the Earth, leading to deforestation, climate change, and pollution. They will also explore how individuals and communities can take steps to help protect Earth’s resources and environments.



Learning Objective

Students will be able to explain how human activities in agriculture, industry, and everyday life have had major effects on the Earth.


Show students the pictures on the board and discuss what impact each of these images shows. Then explain how human activities can have lasting effects on the land, air, and ocean. After this, watch the video and discuss it.


Explain what is meant by “agriculture,” “industries,” and “everyday actions.” Share the possible negative and positive effects of these actions. This includes deforestation, climate change, and pollution. Explain that climate change can lead to extreme weather and melting ice. Discuss some of the effects of deforestation and pollution on the Earth. Alternatively, discuss the positive actions humans can take, like sustainable farming practices, recycling, and reforestation. Share some examples of human activities and decide if they will lead to a positive or negative impact on the environment. Then have students drag the human activity onto the scale and discuss their decisions. Finally, spin the wheel and describe a positive and negative impact from the human activity you land on.


Students respond to ten multiple-choice, true or false, and fill-in questions.


Students will create a plan for a solution to one of the negative impacts on the Earth. You may choose to have them work in groups or with a partner.

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