School Improvement in Maryland

Using the State Curriculum: Science, Grade 2




State Curriculum Toolkit

Tools aligned to State Curriculum indicators and/or objectives.

  • Introduction for Standard or Indicator

Standard 6.0 Environmental Science

Students will use scientific skills and processes to explain the interactions of environmental factors (living and non-living) and analyze their impact from a local to a global perspective.


A. Natural Resources and Human Needs


  1. Describe natural resources as something from the natural environment that is used to meet one's needs.
  2. Identify water, air, soil, minerals, animals, and plants as basic natural resources.
  3. Explain that food, fuels, and fibers are produced from basic natural resources.
  4. Identify ways that humans use Earth's natural resources to meet their needs.
  5. Explain that some natural resources are limited and need to be used wisely.


B. Environmental Issues


  • 1. Recognize and describe that the activities of individuals or groups of individuals can affect the environment.
  1. Identify and describe that individual and group actions, such as turning off lights, conserving water, recycling, picking up litter, or joining an organization can extend the natural resources of the environment.
  2. Identify and describe that individual and group actions, such as leaving lights on, wasting water, or throwing away recyclables, can limit the natural resources of the environment.

January 2008