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Type of Resource: SciPack
Average Rating: Rating
 based on 35 reviews
Publication Title: None
Grade Level: Elementary School, High School, Middle School


SciPacks are self-directed online learning experiences for teachers to enhance their understanding of a particular scientific concept and its related pedagogical implications for student learning. Unlimited expert content help via email and a final assessment both facilitate and document teacher learning.

The Resources and Human Impact SciPack, co-developed between NOAA and NSTA, explores the role society plays in environmental degradation, and the technological solutions, including resource management, that arises from environmental issues. Human beings modify all components of Earth’s ecosystems as they use and consume available resources. The amount and rate of consumption is affected by the population growth and access to technology. This SciPack is focused on Standards and Benchmarks related to interactions in and between ecosystem; population growth and carrying capacity; resource use; and environmental degradation and changes to Earth’s systems.

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Teaching Green
Posted in Life Science by Carolyn Mohr on Mon Sep 30, 2013 6:54 PM

The Learning Center has resources on this topic, too. The [url=
Environmental Science - part 2
Posted in Life Science by Ronaldo Relador on Thu Dec 22, 2011 1:24 PM

I just want to share to those who have not taken the scipack on Resources and Human Impact. Population, limited resourc...
Posted in Professional Development by Carolyn Mohr on Fri Oct 07, 2011 2:51 PM

Congrats, Andrea, and don't be so hard on yourself! That is an awesome score! Most of us can't know everything about e...

Additional Info

Science Discipline: (mouse over for full classification)
Global climate change
Biogeochemical cycles
Energy sources
Energy transfer
Energy transfer
Population dynamics
Environmental change
Nonrenewable resources
Renewable resources
Earth and Space Science
Environmental technology
Science and technological challenges in society
Intended User Role:Elementary-Level Educator, Middle-Level Educator, Teacher
Educational Issues:Inquiry learning, Professional development, Teacher content knowledge, Teacher preparation, Teaching strategies


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      • Address teachers' needs as learners and build on their current knowledge of science content, teaching, and learning. (NSES)

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User Reviews

I highly recommend SciPacks
  Naomi Beverly (Marietta, GA) on August 27, 2014
  The structure of the SciPacks really help me understand the underlying concepts that surround each topic. I had a lot of fear of science before learning about the NSTA Learning Center, and Initially, I was unsure of how well I'd grasp scientific concepts in a self-paced, online format. However, the carefully sequenced topics, interactive activities and simulations, in addition to the voice-over explanations work well together to help deepen my understanding in the content area. Especially valuable are the pedagogical implications and common student misconceptions. I feel a lot more knowledgeable about a subject after using a SciPack, and I highly recommend the Resources and Human Impact SciPack to anyone needing to learn more about this topic or review key concepts.

Awesome SCiPack
  Jessica Minton (Collierville, TN) on June 13, 2014
  I really liked this SciPack. The information is so eye-opening and the ability to do the Carbon Footprint really helps to visualize the impact each of us have. Packed with great info, simulations, and visuals.

Resources and Humann Impact
  Sherry A on March 17, 2014
  Earth is home to millions of species. Just one dominates it. Us. Our cleverness, our inventiveness and our activities have modified almost every part of our planet. In fact, we are having a profound impact on it. Indeed, our cleverness, our inventiveness and our activities are now the drivers of every global problem we face. And every one of these problems is accelerating as we continue to grow towards a global population of 10 billion. In fact, I believe we can rightly call the situation we're in right now an emergency – an unprecedented planetary emergency. We humans emerged as a species about 200,000 years ago. In geological time, that is really incredibly recent. Just 10,000 years ago, there were one million of us. By 1800, just over 200 years ago, there were 1 billion of us. By 1960, 50 years ago, there were 3 billion of us. There are now over 7 billion of us. By 2050, your children, or your children's children, will be living on a planet with at least 9 billion other people. Some time towards the end of this century, there will be at least 10 billion of us. Possibly more.

Resources and Human Impact Essentials
  Robert Anderson on August 2, 2013
  It is an excellent review of the topic. The interactive activities make the abstract more concrete and understandable. I wonder about using them with my 5th grade students, if they are available I might attempt it.

Even a Kindergartener can make an impact
  Kris Shimizu (, Hawaii) on February 9, 2013
  This scipack is very thorough as it begins with a definition of the Earth's systems and details the components of how systems interact and its influences of life on Earth. It also details the impacts of outside influences such as things that humans do and how it affects the systems of the Earth (positive as well as negative impacts) As a kindergarten teacher, it is my responsibility to introduce the living and non-living units. Taking what I learned in this scipack will allow me to go further and teach my students things that influence as well as impact the living and non-living components on our Earth. One thing that stood out for me as I was reading this scipack was a misconception that was brought up that middle school students may have -is that life is organized in separate levels and things we do will/may not have an impact on other levels when it most certainly does. I think that at the kindergarten level when we introduce the living and non-living unit, we should already start to teach the students the importance of how everything we do now will affect ALL levels of life.

Resources and Human Impact
  James Johnson (Custer City, PA) on November 23, 2012
  I'm about half way through this Scipack and I really like it. The questions are straightforward and not "tricky." It presents things in an unbiased way, yet covers all the bases.

Sci=Packs Resources and Human Impact
  Carol M (Streamwood, IL) on October 20, 2012
  Great interactives and thorough review and explanation. Highly recommend this to anyone who wants to review content or clear any misconceptions.

Very useful
  Ahmed Mohamed (Egypt, CT) on September 15, 2012
  i learned what is the meaning of the enviroment and the different relations between organisms ..

Very useful
  Ahmed Mohamed (Egypt, CT) on September 15, 2012
  i learned what is the meaning of the enviroment and the different relations between organisms ..

Earth Resources Sci Pack
  Kevin Weatherbee (Yuma, az) on May 22, 2012
  This is a GREAT pack. I thought I knew quite a bit on this subject, but was I surprised! It waas an eye-opening experience foor not only me but also my students. They got a kick out of "helping" their teacher "take a class".

Resources and Human Impact
  Yolanda Smith-Evans (Houston, TX) on April 5, 2012
  I just completed this scipack and learned a lot. The information was presented in a very logical and sequential manner. I would recommend this unit for studying and completing.

High Impact
  Laura Jones (Herndon, VA) on January 16, 2012
  I learned a great deal from this SciPak. It did an excellent job of sorting out all of the sides to environment impact, and presented it in a non-political but urgent way. I feel that the interactices inside it would be very useful with kids, especially the detailed case studies and the carbon footprint activity. I am glad I took it. It has made me think about my use of resources and I will be able to contribute to the school's effort to go green.

Engaging and Informative!
  Lorrie Armfield (Laurel, MD) on December 28, 2011
  This resource provides a good, clear, and concise review of the relationship between humans and and their environment (surrounding ecosystems). The case studies hook and hold the attention of the viewer in ways that more traditional methods could not; I look forward to harnessing the power of this awesome resource with my middle school scholars as we delve into 'The Environment' (Life Science Course).

My Review of Resources and Human Impact
  Ronaldo Relador (Bowie, MD) on December 20, 2011
  Very enlightening and so relevant to current issues.

Good Review
  Nathan T on September 23, 2011
  Good Sci Pack. Excellent pick for the free Sci Pack. Got to see how they are organized and what they offer. Good review on how the earth is one whole system, biotic and abiotic elements and the interconnectedness of the whole world. Helped me remember some earth science material and convinced me to try some other sci packs.

Pleasantly Surprised
  Floyd (Honolulu, HI) on September 21, 2011
  This SciPack looks at global resources and the impact humans have on the system of Earth, with the Science Objects as follows: Earth as a System, Population Growth, Technology, and the Environment, Environmental Degradation, and Using Technoligy to Address Resource Issues. In a nut shell this SciPack describes many of our global resource problems/crises and causes and then posits preventative and redemptive solutions. I was pleasantly surprised by this SciPack. I expected the global warming issue to be hit hard in this one, but the focus was more on how certain real problems came to be, and possible fixes. The material beckoned toward stewardship and responsibility rather than blame or boogey issues. If I get a chance to present highly charged issues (doesn’t happen too often in math class) I would like to handle it in a similar way as this author. “Come let us reason” is an approach that builds knowledge and capacity for sustainable decision making.

Helpful Overview
  Elissa (Palmyra, VA) on June 20, 2011
  A helpful review of concepts relating to the relationship between humans and surrounding ecosystems, this SciPack covers a broad range of ecology and energy related topics. Engaging case studies provided new ideas for relating these concepts to my middle school students.

  kristin mancusi-johnson on February 2, 2011
  I enjoyed this sci-pack the most!! It was very informative. In addition, the assessment questions were much more in tune with the interactives and review questions/quizzes than some of the other scipacks I have completed...

I'm environmentally enriched!
  Ronaldo Relador on January 12, 2011
  This learning tool is superbly unbeatable. Learning is fun, quick, and effective. All the more I hunger for learning.

  Nikki T on January 2, 2011
  This was very informative and gave excellent examples for deepening your knowledge about environmental issues. The simulations were very interactive and helpful with understanding the concepts.

Local to Gobal
  David G (Anchorage, AK) on January 17, 2015
  This scipack provides a picture of our use of resources and the impacts of the use from the local to global perspective. It does a good job of outlining the impacts that have occured as the number of humans has increased over time. In addition it takes a broad look at the resources that we use to produce the energy and other materials that we use on a daily basis.

  James Sharp (El Paso, TX) on March 31, 2014
  Good, but a bit simple.

  Rebecca F (Elizabeth, WV) on December 8, 2012
  I found completing this SciPack an enjoyable exercise. It covers a nice range of topics related to the impact of humans on the environment and the types of alternative and renewable fuel sources. The interactives were nice and added to the overall quality of the product. My favorite part of the SciPacks is the pedogogical implications which helps to pinpoint common areas of student misconceptions. Overall a nice resource for the new environmental science teacher.

Resources and Human Impact
  James Johnson (Custer City, PA) on November 24, 2012
  I thought the course was pretty straightforward and the test fair except for the question that dealt with social, political, and economic factors. It seemed like some of the choices could have been in more than 1 category and the distinction was not clear. Very poor question.

  John Pappas (Chicago, IL) on October 17, 2012
  I took this sci-pack solely because i was interested in the topic, but as i think about the content i wonder how i can incorporate this into my curriculum. I do not teach environmental science, so it is difficult for me to really use this information. But an area where i have found to lend its self to this content is when teaching about bacteria and bioremediation. I have found it to be an interesting lesson when teaching about human impact on the earth and how we use bacteria to clean up some of our waste we create. Most students think of bacteria as these bad organisms when they really do more helpful things than harmful. I have found the students engaged and interested in the lesson. Overall this is a great sci-pack because it taught me things that i forgot or simply didn't know. It is full of great information and can be applied to almost any grade level/

Resource SciPack
  Randee Holz on July 30, 2012
  I teach HS biology and I thought this scipak was a great overview of topics. It explained concepts in an easy and concise way. I also agree that some of the questions could be answered with prior knowledge.

Great for Earth and Environmental Science
  Erik (Bountiful, UT) on May 10, 2012
  If you are teaching Earth Science or Environmental Science, this is definitely a resource that you want to check out. It clearly explains human impact upon the planet and ways that we can reduce it. It also goes through many of our energy producing resources and looks at the benefits and drawbacks of each!

Resources and Human Impact
  Yolanda Smith-Evans (Houston, TX) on March 8, 2012
  I've just started with this learning experience but I am learning a lot. The layout is easy to use and the material is current. I like how the check points are laced throughout. Although you can skip around, I found that I had to go back to some of the information to verify the accuracy of my answers. I have only completed the introduction and section 1 as of today's posted review.

Good Overview
  Katherine Jezidija-Kendall on March 6, 2012
  This was a good overview of the very basics in the environmental concerns facing our world. A nice overview -- or refresher. I liked the graphs and statistics offered.

Not much to get excited about here
  Eric Carlson (Royal City, WA) on March 6, 2012
  The SciPack was fine, but I felt that the material was at a very basic level. I don't know that I learned a lot from it, and I think I could have passed the assessment without having read the sections. However, the material is valuable, and contains important reminders that nothing we do is without a cost somewhere. This is a lesson our students would do well to learn, and if this SciPack can help get the message out, that's great.

  Tania A on March 2, 2012
  covers a lot of information in a very entertaining way!

Good SciPack
  Kelly (Brewster, NY) on November 27, 2011
  The resources and Human Impack Scipack is a really good and informative scipack. The interactives are fun and engaging to play around with. I recommend this scipack for anyone.

Sci pack Resources and Human Impact
  Aracelly F on June 20, 2011
  It is amazing how humans and other living species interact with one another. It is essential that we learn to preserve and protect our resources. This Sci Pack is very informative and allows understanding of relationship between all species.

Great Pack for Earth Science Teachers!
  Rock P (Lowell, MA) on December 11, 2010
  I enjoyed this summary pack on earth resources and Human Impact... plenty of ideas to bring into the classroom.

Good beginning
  Jennifer Rahn (Delafield, WI) on November 26, 2010
  This SciPack does a nice job of pulling together a lot of concepts about how we affect our environment, and how our environment affects us. There are thought-provoking sections on technology, both positive and negative, as well as a solid introduction to both biotic and abiotic factors and environmental ecology. Good for the elementary and middle school teacher who needs a quick background, and for the high school teacher who needs an organizational framework and a starting point.