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Environmental Studies - 3rd

Lesson: Exploring Our Environment

Title: Exploring Our Environment

Grade Level: Third Grade

Subject: Environmental Studies

Summary: This lesson will introduce students to the concept of the environment and its importance. They will learn about different components of the environment, such as air, water, and land, and how they are interconnected. Through engaging activities and discussions, students will develop an understanding of the impact of human activities on the environment and the importance of conservation.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Know the different components of the environment.
  • Understand the interconnections between air, water, and land.
  • Recognize the impact of human activities on the environment.
  • Appreciate the importance of conservation and taking care of the environment.


This lesson will be delivered through a combination of teacher-led discussions, multimedia presentations, hands-on activities, and group work.

Resources/Materials Required:

  • Whiteboard or blackboard
  • Markers or chalk
  • Projector or computer with internet access
  • Printed worksheets and handouts
  • Art supplies (colored pencils, crayons, etc.)
  • Books or online resources about the environment


Step 1: Introduction (10 minutes)

Begin the lesson by asking students what they think the word 'environment' means. Write their responses on the board and discuss their ideas. Explain that the environment refers to everything around us, including the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the land we live on.

Step 2: Components of the Environment (15 minutes)

Show students pictures or videos of different components of the environment, such as forests, oceans, and cities. Discuss each component and ask students to share what they know about them. Emphasize the interconnections between air, water, and land.

Step 3: Human Impact on the Environment (20 minutes)

Explain to students that human activities can have both positive and negative impacts on the environment. Discuss examples of positive actions, such as recycling and conserving water, as well as negative actions, such as pollution and deforestation. Encourage students to share their own ideas and experiences.

Step 4: Conservation (15 minutes)

Introduce the concept of conservation and explain that it means taking care of the environment. Discuss different ways in which students can contribute to conservation, such as reducing waste, planting trees, and using energy wisely.

Step 5: Hands-on Activity (30 minutes)

Divide students into small groups and provide each group with art supplies and a large sheet of paper. Instruct them to create a poster that promotes conservation and highlights the importance of taking care of the environment. Encourage creativity and teamwork.

Step 6: Presentation and Discussion (15 minutes)

Have each group present their poster to the class. After each presentation, facilitate a discussion about the key messages conveyed in the posters and the importance of conservation.

Step 7: Wrap-up (5 minutes)

Summarize the main points of the lesson and ask students to reflect on what they have learned. Encourage them to think about how they can apply the concepts of environmental conservation in their daily lives.


To assess students' understanding of the lesson, you can:

  • Observe their participation and engagement during discussions and activities.
  • Review their completed worksheets and handouts.
  • Evaluate the creativity and content of their posters.
  • Conduct a class discussion to gauge their comprehension of the key concepts.

By the end of the lesson, students should:

  • Know: The different components of the environment and their interconnections.
  • Understand: The impact of human activities on the environment and the importance of conservation.
  • Can do: Create a poster promoting conservation and articulate the key messages.

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