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See How Environments Can Change

In this worksheet, students will consider different aspects of environmental change, both short and long-term, and their effects upon the organisms that experience them.

'See How Environments Can Change' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 4 Science worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Living Things and Their Habitats

Curriculum subtopic:   Environmental Change and Dangers

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

Environmental change - what sort of thing are we talking about?


a scientist with a magnifying glass


Well, if you were a beetle living in a garden, some of the changes will happen over a day. Other changes will take longer than a beetle's life!

For a tree in a wood, the rising of the sun and its movement through the sky is a change in its environment. This allows it to absorb sunlight, make food, and grow.




On the other hand, the place where you're sitting, reading this, was once under the sea or, perhaps, a desert! As a result of the way that the land masses move around the surface of the Earth, over millions of years, the environmental changes are huge, but happen over a massive timescale.


Then again, some changes in environments can happen in a small area: for example, imagine a rainstorm, resulting in a swollen mountain stream that feeds into a river. For the animals and plants living near the stream, conditions will have changed a lot, but only until the water settles down again.


On the other hand, think about a global change to the environment: as our climate warms up, the rising temperatures are causing a variety of effects worldwide from rising sea levels to areas becoming desert, as there is no longer any rain. These are global effects.




So, use this activity to explore a little more of what environmental change means and how it impacts the different communities of plants and animals that are experiencing those changes.


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