Nature is the commanding force, universal presence and the corporal phenomenon within the world that includes plants, animals, and the landscape. These elements and characteristics of nature collaborate with one another for the benefit of all individuals.
Individuals experience, observe and interact with nature’s creative and controlling force in diverse manners. Elements in nature such as leaves, mountains, rivers, and animals are all participating in this animating life force.
Rationale for Teaching
Humans use nature for their fundamental needs, desires, communications with one another, as well as their understanding of the world. The transcendentalist writers such as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau argued that individuals should have a wholeness or inclusiveness with nature because it is the universal presence in the world. Objects, animals, humans and plants are all contributors in this life force called nature. Nature as an enduring topic allows learners to communicate, illustrate and comprehend their own environment.
- Humans can use nature for their fundamental needs, desires and communication with others
- Nature can be manipulated, transformed and altered to create new landscapes
- Nature can be beneficial to an individual’s experience and personal character
- How do individuals use forms of nature for purpose, need or function?
- What are the various interactions between humans and nature?
- How is the presence of nature beneficial to humans? How does it affect their character?