This lesson should be hosted at an organic farm, ideally one that is familiar with the Earth Charter, and already actively promoting it’s principles. It is also possible to do this lesson plan while creating a garden with the students in their own schoolyard or elsewhere. The lesson is intended to both introduce the Earth Charter and the concepts of sustainable development to the students in terms that they can easily grasp and understand, while also providing a real life example of the principles of the Earth Charter “in action” on the farm. The lesson plan includes brief guidelines and tips on how to introduce the charter to young people, outlines a few learning activities and games that can be introduced, and discussion questions to facilitate reflection. This lesson can be used independently, or as one in a series of “Earth Charter in Action” modules, it can also use The Earth Charter itself, or one of the adaptations of the Earth Charter for children that are available online or within this Curriki Collection


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SCI.5.SC.5.N.1.A: Science

Scientific inquiry is a multifaceted activity; The processes of science include the formulation of scientifically investigable questions, construction of investigations into those questions, the collection of appropriate data, the evaluation of the meaning of those data, and the communication of this evaluation.

SCI.5.SC.5.N.1.B: Science

The processes of science frequently do not correspond to the traditional portrayal of "the scientific method."

SCI.5.SC.5.N.1.D: Science

Scientific knowledge is based on observation and inference; it is important to recognize that these are very different things. Not only does science require creativity in its methods and processes, but also in its questions and explanations.

SCI.5.SC.5.N.1.1: Science

Define a problem, use appropriate reference materials to support scientific understanding, plan and carry out scientific investigations of various types such as: systematic observations, experiments requiring the identification of variables, collecting and organizing data, interpreting data in charts, tables, and graphics, analyze information, make predictions, and defend conclusions.

SCI.5.SC.5.N.2.B: Science

Scientific knowledge is durable and robust, but open to change.

SCI.5.SC.5.L.14.A: Science

All plants and animals, including humans, are alike in some ways and different in others.

SCI.5.SC.5.L.14.B: Science

All plants and animals, including humans, have internal parts and external structures that function to keep them alive and help them grow and reproduce.

SCI.5.SC.5.L.14.C: Science

Humans can better understand the natural world through careful observation.

SCI.5.SC.5.L.14.2: Science

Compare and contrast the function of organs and other physical structures of plants and animals, including humans, for example: some animals have skeletons for support -- some with internal skeletons others with exoskeletons -- while some plants have stems for support.

SCI.5.SC.5.L.15.A: Science

Earth is home to a great diversity of living things, but changes in the environment can affect their survival.

SCI.5.SC.5.L.15.B: Science

Individuals of the same kind often differ in their characteristics and sometimes the differences give individuals an advantage in surviving and reproducing.

SCI.5.SC.5.L.15.1: Science

Describe how, when the environment changes, differences between individuals allow some plants and animals to survive and reproduce while others die or move to new locations.

SCI.5.SC.5.L.17.A: Science

Plants and animals, including humans, interact with and depend upon each other and their environment to satisfy their basic needs.

SCI.5.SC.5.L.17.B: Science

Both human activities and natural events can have major impacts on the environment.

SCI.5.SC.5.L.17.C: Science

Energy flows from the sun through producers to consumers.

SCI.5.SC.5.L.17.1: Science

Compare and contrast adaptations displayed by animals and plants that enable them to survive in different environments such as life cycles variations, animal behaviors and physical characteristics.
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