Four Winds Nature Institute | Earth and the Environment

Earth and the Environment


Water, sunlight, wind, rocks, erosion all shape the ever-changing landscape in which we live. Throughout the year, we will study the physical environment that supports life on Earth and the forces that affect them over time. Children will explore the interactions between the living and non-living components of the world around us. Students will also practice important skills including: listening actively, asking questions, making and recording observations, and communicating findings.

 Vermont's The Universe, Earth, and the Environment Standards 7.15, 7.13

 New Hampshire's Earth Space Science Standards ESS 1, ESS 2

Description of the Units in this Concept

Student certificates

Materials to Gather Ahead

Earth - Children's bibliography

Earth - Adults' bibliography

Earth - Nature Journal half-page cover   full page 8 1/2x11 cover (doc)   full page cover (pdf)


Descriptions of Topics

Finding Your Way

What cues from our surroundings do animals, including humans, use to orient themselves in the natural world? In this unit we will look at how sounds, smells, and natural landmarks help us recognize where we are and allow us to create a mental map of our environment. We use this information to guide us as we move from place to place. For centuries people have also used the Earth's magnetism to help them determine direction, and we will practice using an orienteering compass to follow a course.