Looking After Our World

Information for Teachers

Curriculum links

This investigation is linked to the following Grade 3 Next Generation Science Standards.

LS2.C: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience

When the environment changes in ways that affect a place’s physical characteristics, temperature, or availability of resources, some organisms survive and reproduce, others move to new locations, yet others move into the transformed environment, and some die. (secondary to 3-LS4-4)

LS4.D: Biodiversity and Humans

Populations live in a variety of habitats, and change in those habitats affects the organisms living there. (3-LS4-4)


How to search the internet

1 Keep your request short

Fewer words will give a more accurate search.

2 Choose exactly what you want

For example: Arctic Circle Climate

3 Use quotes

Double quotes around a set of words tell the search engine to consider those exact words in that exact order without any change. For example: “Arctic Circle Climate”

4 Use the plus sign (+)

If you add a plus sign (+) between words, the internet will search for all the words. For example: migrate+birds+whales+mammal

5 Use the minus sign (–) to say what you don’t want

Use a minus sign (–) to show words you do not want to appear in your results. For example: if you search for burrowing animals and do not want mammals in your search,  –mammals will exclude mammals. Note that you need to put a space before the minus sign for the word to be excluded.

6 Be very clear about what you don’t want

Part 1
Ask questions and define problems

After reading Looking After Our World, you will have learned about the significance of world heritage sites and may have questions you want to investigate further.

List your questions

  • Compare your list with questions that others have.
  • Choose a question you would like to investigate.
  • You can work alone, with a partner or in a small group.

You may want to choose one or more of these questions to investigate

Q1. How do places become world heritage sites? Are there other places that you know of that could become world heritage sites?

Q2. Choose an animal or a plant from Looking After Our World that you want to study in more detail. What questions do you have about that animal or plant?

Q3. Choose a place from Looking After Our World that interested you, and about which you still have lots of questions.

Q4. Are there people in Looking After Our World that you want to know more about? They might be people who lived in that place long ago, or they might be people who work at world heritage sites.

Go to Part 2 Investigate →

Part 2

Helpful websites

You may want to use websites to help with your investigations.

You can search for the particular animal or plant that interested you, e.g. flamingos, rhinoceroses, wolves.

You can search to find out more about a world heritage place from the book, e.g. Machu+Picchu or Incas+at+Machu+Picchu

Go to Part 3 Record data →

Part 3
Record data

Find a way of recording your information that will allow you to see any patterns in the data.

Data Chart about elephants

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Go to Part 4 Organize, analyze, and interpret data →

Part 4
Organize, analyze, and interpret data

1. Look over the information you have gathered and the patterns you have found.

What can you now say about the animal, plant, place, or people that you have investigated?

What things happening in the world today help or harm the subject you have been investigating?

2. Search for other patterns.

What can we change to make these world heritage sites and the things that live there better?

3. Makes notes about what you find.

Go to Part 5 Present and share →

Part 5
Present and share

Look over all of the information that you have gathered in your investigation.

What are the most important ideas about preserving world heritage sites?

Make a chart showing the most important ideas and to help people understand the problem.

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