The Human Impact on the Earth

Contributor: Alison Weiss. Lesson ID: 10591

Where did your breakfast come from? How about your clothes? If you said "the store" you haven't gone back far enough! With videos, a song, and the chance to make a poster, learn about the environment!


Earth Science, People and Their Environment

Social Studies
learning style
Auditory, Visual
personality style
Lion, Otter
Grade Level
Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Skill Sharpener

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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  • What is happening in the above photo?

Every living thing has an impact on the natural world!

Plants, animals and even humans change their environments to suit their needs. Humans seem to have the greatest and most dramatic effect on the earth.

Look at the photo above.

  • What happened in this photo, and who do you think was responsible? Why?

Many human actions on the environment have negative consequences for our natural resources, animals, plants, and the atmosphere.

The Lorax is a story that gives you an idea of how humans can change the environment for good and for bad. Here is a movie trailer for Dr. Seuss' The Lorax.

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Watch Resources: Welcome to the Neighborhood - Crash Course Kids #2.1 below to learn more about how humans use natural resources:

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Next, watch How to Get Resources - Picky Pineapples: Crash Course Kids #2.2 below to see how humans get resources that are far away or hard to retrieve:

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Finally, watch Big Changes in the Big Apple: Crash Course Kids #38.1 (below):

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  •  What have you learned about humans, resources, and how we impact the environment?
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