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Author

The Nature Conservancy

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Biology, Health

Resource Type

  • Videos, 2 minutes, 4 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

Global

Format

YouTube Video

How Does Nature Improve Your Health?

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Synopsis
  • This short, animated video describes the many reasons why taking care of our planet is one of the best things we can do to improve human health.
  • Students will learn specific reasons why trees and nature are fundamental to our health, such as protection from air pollution and shade from the heat, and how many communities have little access to it.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This video has engaging graphics and provides captions in many languages.
  • Important statements and statistics are displayed on the screen for emphasis.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Since the video has a lot of text on the screen, explain to less-experienced readers that the text is just a support, but everything is read aloud so it isn't necessary to read it all. 
  • The video moves quickly and provides a lot of statistics, so it may be helpful to view this short video more than once or pause periodically.

Differentiation

  • This video may be a good supplement for a more comprehensive lesson about disappearing green spaces or environmental justice.
  • Have students write letters to local leaders to show support for bringing more green space to communities.
  • As an extension for social studies and civics classes, students can research local policies that prioritize nature and brainstorm how these policies could be improved or implemented (if missing).
  • Art or language arts students could create posters or write essays explaining why nature is fundamental to human health, ensuring that students back up their stances with facts, such as the data presented in this video.
  • Break students up into groups to further research a specific aspect of nature's impact on human health, such as providing healthy air, the value of green space, clean water, lowering stress levels, providing healthy foods, or another topic covered in the video.
Scientist Notes
This video resource from The Nature Conservancy examines how being in nature can improve human health and decrease mortality rates. The video points out how forests provide clean drinking water for many of the world’s cities and how healthy soil, bees, and other pollinators provide good, nutritious food. The resource then turns to unequal access to nature, especially among impoverished communities. Discrepancies in access to nature can likely be seen by students in their own cities, as inner-city parks are often just open sports fields while suburban parks often also feature sprawling natural spaces. This resource is relatable, clear, and is recommended for teaching.
Standards

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-4. Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth’s systems.
  • Comprehensive Health & Physical Education
    • Physical Wellness
      • 2.2.8.N.1: Analyze how culture, health status, age and access to healthy foods can influence personal eating habits.
  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • SL.II.6.2 Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.
      • SL.ES.8.3 Delineate a speaker's argument and specific claims, evaluating the soundness of the reasoning and relevance and sufficiency of the evidence and identifying when irrelevant evidence is introduced.
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