|Review with the students that natural features are placed in two
groups: land features and water features. Tell the students that people
use the land and water of the Earth as a resource. A resource is
something people use to meet a need. Land and water are examples of
|Pull down the Landscape Picture Map. Have the students discuss how
the land is used to meet the needs of people. (Examples would be land
for farming or cities built on land.) Ask the students if the land has
always been the same or have people changed it? Do they know of any
place in their neighborhood where a change is taking place?
|Now have the students locate water features on the Landscape Picture
Map. Circle and identify each feature. Ask the students to describe how
water is used to meet our needs (drinking water, washing clothes and
dishes, bathing, etc.)
|Do the students drink water directly from the river? How do we get
water into our houses? Is water from the river hot? Do we eat food
directly grown by a farmer or do we buy food at the grocery store?
|Tell the students that many times the land and water resources must
change before we can use them. People change the land and water
resources to make them usable. What other resources can the students
think of that must be changed before they can finally be used?
|Conclude the lesson by explaining to the students that people must
work with natural resources to meet their basic needs. We need to
understand how people and land and water features can work together.