Lesson Plan

Grades 3-5

Earth: The Apple of Our Eye (elem)

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15 minutes

SUBJECTS: Math, Science, Social Studies

TOPICS: Agriculture, Food & Hunger, Land Use

Resource Overview

A visual demonstration that illustrates the limits on farmland, making the importance of conservation clear.

Students will be able to:
  • Describe earth’s geography in terms of relative amounts of water, mountains, deserts, ice, developed land, and land available for farming.
  • Identify two reasons why protecting farmland and maintaining healthy soil is important for food production.
  • Name at least two ways people can help to preserve farmland.
Apple slices represent different areas of the Earth: water, inhospitable land, used arable land, and arable land for farming

Features of This Resource

  • Students consider risks to farmland, such as overfarming, erosion, and monoculture
  • Writing component – students write a letter to a local newspaper on the importance of preserving farmland

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