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Living Environment: Humans & the Environment

<b>Living Environment: Humans & the Environment</b>

Students will understand and apply scientific concepts, principles, and theories pertaining to the physical setting and living environment and recognize the historical development of ideas in science.

Key Idea:

Human decisions and activities have had a profound impact on the physical and living environments.

“Humans are dependent upon and have an impact on their environment. Students should recognize how human decisions cause environmental changes to occur. Students should be given opportunities to identify and investigate the factors that positively or negatively affect the physical environment and its resources.” From the Elementary Science Core Curriculum Guidelines

Performance Indicator:

Identify ways in which humans have changed their environment and the effects of those
changes.

7.1a Humans depend on their natural and constructed environments.
7.1b Over time humans have changed their environment by cultivating crops and raising animals, creating shelter, using energy, manufacturing goods, developing means of transportation, changing populations, and carrying out other activities.
7.1c Humans, as individuals or communities, change environments in ways that can be either helpful or harmful for themselves and other organisms.

<b>Living Environment: Humans & the Environment</b>
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