Students’ Learning Outcomes
· Define environment.
· Explain components of environment with examples.
Information for Teachers
· Environment can be defined as the natural surrounding s of that organism which directly and indirectly influences the growth and development of the organism.
· Everything around an organism that affects its life is called its environment.
· Environment consists of two components: living components and non-living components.
· Living components of the environment are animals, plants and microorganisms.
· Non-living components of the environment are air, water, soil, light etc.
Material / Resources
Blank paper, textbook
Worm up Activity
· Ask students to tell the names of things present in class, write the responding answer on board and discuss that all these things make our environment.
· Take students to the school lawn and ask them to identify different objects in the surroundings of a tree.
· Let students categorize the identified objects into living and non-living things.
· Describe tree environment and explain two components of its environment.
· Show this picture / similar one given to the students.
· Ask them to observe and tell the names of living and non-living things present in picture.
· Write students’ response on board, in separate columns of “living components” and “non-living components”
· Mark the school garden/lawn or playground into different sections. (try to include a variety of objects such as plants, different types of insects, a fence, cement, rocks, soil, water etc. in these sections)
· Divide the students into groups of 4 or 5 and ask each group to draw two large circle on a paper and label them as “living” and “non-living”.
· Assign a separate section of the garden/lawn/playground to each group and ask them to make lists of all living and non-living components.
· The group would enter the names of living and non-living things in the respective circles. (Allow sufficient time for students to explore their sections and complete the assignment).
Sum up / Conclusion
· All living and non-living things that surround an organism and can affect its life are collectively called its environment.
· Every environment consists of living and non-living components.
· Living components of environment include animals, plants and microorganisms.
· Non-living components of environment include air, water, soil, light etc.
Students will demonstrate their understandings by:
· Describing the concept of environment.
· Distinguishing the living and non-living components of environment.
· Ask students to observe their home and school environment, write the names and draw / paste pictures of the living and non-living things present in that environment.