Conservation of Natural Resources Teacher Resources
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Fifth graders use research skills to explore conservation of natural resources. They explore methods that scientists use to learn about the world and design their own explorations. Students also research the way natural resources are used and conserved, and conduct a conservation simulation by experimenting with energy in a battery.
Young scientists identify erosion, explain the causes of erosion, and name some techniques that can slow the process of erosion. Learners are divided up into groups of four and perform a simulation of soil erosion in class. The instructions are clearly explained, and each group writes down their observations of the experiment in their science journals. This is a well-designed lesson that should stimulate excitement, and understanding.
Sixth graders explore the water supply on Earth. In this water consumption lesson, 6th graders attempt to determine whether the Earth has enough water for human consumption. Students experiment and chart observations.
Students investigate water conservation. In this water conservation lesson, students list the uses for water and record their water usage for one day. Students graph the data and create a water conservation poster.
Students examine how they use and waste natural resources. They participate in a class discussion about natural resources, in small groups complete a worksheet identifying ways students misuse natural resources, and create an informational flyer demonstrating ways to conserve resources.
Students explore a variety of ways of how to care for the environment in the nine lessons of this unit. They observe how to be responsible "Earth Kids."
Students observe the North Dakota quarter reverse and discuss its imagery and meaning. They define "endangered species" and "conservation." They read books about recycling and conservation. They complete a worksheet about recycling and create a poster.
Students investigate the culturally artistic value of quilts, the importance of trade in meeting basic needs, and the conservation of natural resources.
Students explore the traits of water condensation and evaporation. In this water cycle lesson, students develop an awareness of the importance of water for sustaining life. Students participate in a hands-on activity in which water is "gathered" from the atmosphere. Preservation of natural resources is an important feature of this lesson.
Students analyze text and maps in determining the effect the world's energy resources have on human society, and make charts illustrating at least three ways each resource makes life easier for human society.
First graders examine how personal actions can benefit or harm the environment. In small groups they create a class poster of various natural resources, identify ways natural resources can be recycled or conserved, and complete a graphic organizer.
If you are looking for worksheets about alternative energy sources to use on Earth Day, you'll find several here. However, since Earth Day is all about conserving natural resources, please print these double-sided in order to reduce the amount of paper used! Activities include a crossword puzzle, word search, vocabulary matching exercise, drawing activity, maze, Sudoku puzzle, and more. While not very content-heavy regarding conservation of natural resources, these could be decent supplements to other environmental activities, or something for kids to work on when they have finished another assignment.
Is it possible to have a waste-less lunch? Can your class become leaders in conservation? Discuss the importance of reducing waste during lunch time with a fun lesson that can be extended to everyday practices. First the class examines the types of packaging used to package their lunches, then they discuss ways they can conserve natural resources by reducing the amount of waste they produce. Throughout the lunch hour, learners will sort items into categories using a handy chart. In no time, they'll all know what to reuse, recycle, compost, and throw away.
You can never be too young to get involved in composting or recycling. Here is a lesson that has been made for the very littlest learners and it's all about the importance of conservation. They'll sort compostable and recyclable objects, and then create a classroom composting bin. After lunch, they'll work together to get in the habit of sorting their waste into either the composting bin or recycle bin.
With a series of fun hands-on simulations, young children can learn about conservation and natural resources. Your learners become land detectives, discussing and investigating the gifts that the land and water provide them. They then pretend to go fishing using paper water, paper fish, a stick, and string fishing poles. They learn to throw little fish back and use the fish they keep to discuss food distribution and conservation of aquatic resources.
Although recycling is definitely beneficial, reducing our waste and conserving our natural resources should really be the focus of environmentalists. Encourage the future generation to create a public service announcement about a conservation issue that they feel strongly about. They write a persuasive essay and transform this argument into a video announcement. Take action!
Here is an in-depth, and incredibly thorough lesson plan on sustainable agricultural practices; specifically, regarding the growth of coffee. After completing and discussing a worksheet called "Thinking About Tomorrow," groups of learners get together in groups and they perform simulation activities around the topic of sustainability. This ambitious resource has everything you need embedded in it, and should lead to an outstanding educational experience for your class.
Students explore the ways to conserve our natural resources. In this recycling, reusing, and reducing lesson students read Dinosaurs to the Rescue and apply their findings to learning ways to conserve resources. Students complete a worksheet and complete a chosen project for Earth Day.
Fourth graders understand the benefits of recycling. In this recycling literacy lesson plan, 4th graders read an article and identify the main idea. Students understand the process of transfer to the landfill and discuss how recycling helps the environment. Students complete activity sheets on recycling.
Another fantastic lesson on energy is presented by the American Coal Foundation. This one focuses on electricity; how it is produced, how it is delivered, and how it is used. Some excellent handouts are embedded in this fine plan which make it easy to implement in your classroom.