Nature's Natives, Climate, Water, Oil Spill, Greenhouse Effect, Photosynthesis, Water Cycle, Nutrient Cycle, Nutrition, Nitrogen Cycle, Carbon Cycle, Peace of Mind, Nature, Environment, Sun, ozone, oxygen, carbon dioxide, carbon, bacteria, iron, magnesium, calcium
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NATURE'S NATIVES® CHARACTERS
Nick Nitrogen is part of the
Caryn Carbon is part in the
Baxter Bacteria is part of the
Sara Sodium is part of water.
- Our sun is a star that sends out heat and light.
- Earth revolves around our sun.
- How many times have you gone around the sun?
- Water can be wet (liquid), ice (solid) or an invisible gas (gas.)
- Most of Earth's surface (3/4) is covered with water.
- How many days can you go without water? (3)
- We breathe in oxygen even when we sleep.
- When we exercise we breathe in more oxygen because our muscles need it.
- Most of our air is nitrogen.
- Bacteria changes nitrogen, that is in the soil, so that it can be used by plants.
- Nitrogen is part of us, it's in our DNA.
- Carbon is part of our cells.
- Coal is made out of carbon and so are diamonds.
- When trees and petroleum are burned the carbon inside is transformed into carbon dioxide.
- Calcium is good for our bones
- We get our calcium by eating foods that have calcium.
- What are some foods that have calcium? Milk, Yogurt, beans, humus, salmon, sesame seeds, oranges and broccoli.
- Some bacteria are good for us and help with our digestion.
- Some bacteria are harmful to us and cause illness (Salmonella or Cholera)
- We breathe our carbon dioxide.
- Carbon dioxide is part of our air.
- Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas.
- Glucose is a simple sugar.
- Glucose is made during photosynthesis.
- We eat foods with glucose so we can get its energy.
- Iron builds our red blood cells.
- Our red blood cells gets the oxygen we need for our brain to think and body to move.
- Spinach, tomatoes, baked beans and beef have iron.
- Magnesium is important to our good health.
- We need magnesium for our bones, blood and muscles.
- Cashews, almonds, spinach, black eyed peas and bananas have magnesium
- Potassium is important for body growth.
- Potassium helps our cells take nourishment from the bloodstream.
- Salmon, tuna, dried apricots, bananas, chicken, almonds, peanuts, beans and potatoes have potassium.
- Argon is the third most abundant gas in our air.
- Argon is a noble gas and doesn't mix with other gasses.
- Argon is harvested out from air in order to be used in neon gas products (neon lights).
- Natural ammonia moves nitrogen into plants.
- Ammonia is used in household cleaners.
- Ammonia has a pungent smell.
- Helium is colorless, odorless and non toxic.
- Helium is a noble gas and doesn't mix with other gasses.
- Helium is lighter than nitrogen and oxygen so balloons filled with helium rise in the air.
- Sodium with chlorine make our table salt.
- Most foods naturally contain sodium.
- Methane is a big part of natural gas.
- Methane is a greenhouse gas.
- Nitrate is part of the decomposing process where bacteria helps to make nitrogen into a usable form for plants.
- Nitrite is part of the decomposing process where bacteria helps to make nitrogen into a usable form for plants.
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Nature's Natives® is a simplified representation of how nature works.
CHILDREN'S ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY
Explore our health needs of breathing, eating, drinking water and a suitable climate. Next, connect our needs to nature's invisible systems and cycles (water cycle, photosynthesis, nutrient cycle and greenhouse effect.) Knowing these fundamental systems and cycles help students understand the interconnections of our health to our home planet.
It is About Climate, Food and Water...for Today and Tomorrow
- Ozone forms a natural layer of gas in the upper atmosphere called the ozone layer. The ozone layer protects life on Earth from the Sun's ultraviolet radiation. This ozone is considered the "good ozone."
- Ground ozone can harm human and plant's ability to breath properly. Ground ozone is considered the "bad ozone."