Academic journal article Science and Children

Plants, Animals, and Earth Processes, Oh My! Changes to the Environment

Academic journal article Science and Children

Plants, Animals, and Earth Processes, Oh My! Changes to the Environment

Article excerpt

The Earth changes over time. Some of the processes that change the Earth's surface are natural, such as weathering and erosion; other changes can be made by plants and animals, including humans. Organisms have had to evolve over time to adapt to new environments. As these organisms evolved, they made still further changes to the Earth and its processes.

The activity for the young students asks them to consider how animals use different parts of their environment to meet their needs and how the environment is impacted by this use. Older students are asked to take the changes seen on Earth a step further by considering how water makes major changes to the Earth's surface through the process of weathering and erosion.

This Month's Trade Books

Does a Woodpecker Use a Hammer?

By Harriet Ziefert

Illustrated by Emily Bolam

ISBN: 978-1-609054281

Blue Apple

32 pages

Grades K-2

SYNOPSIS

This playful book asks readers whether a variety of birds can use a hammer. Through colorful cartoons and illustrations, the reader is introduced to the idea that although animals may not use hammers, they do use their environment to meet specific needs. …

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