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.
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.
New! Waste-Less Lunch
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.
Fifth graders engage in some activities that will help them to identify erosion and explain the causes of erosion. They also look into ways that humans can slow the process of erosion in some cases. After a teacher-led demonstration, everyone goes outside to the playground to see how running water is a main source of erosion of soil and rock. This is a fine lesson plan, nicely written and organized.
Here is a fine lesson plan for fifth graders that will give them an idea of the variety of impacts that human-introduced pollutants have on the environment. After an initial class discussion and teacher-led demonstration, pupils brainstorm the ways that they could clean up some contaminated water. They are introduced to the processes of screening, sedimentation, filtration, and chemical treatment for cleaning up polluted water.
Here's a fine activity on renewable and non-renewable sources of energy for your 5th graders. In it, learners list a number of natural resources on the board, then try to sort the resources into appropriate categories. This helps them to define and understand renewable vs, non-renewable resources. The discussion concludes with ways that the non-renewable resources can be conserved by everyone in the class.
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.
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.
Fourth graders understand the benefits of recycling. In this recycling literacy instructional activity, 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.
Learners explore the ways to conserve our natural resources. For this recycling, reusing, and reducing lesson students read Dinosaurs to the Rescue and apply their findings to learning ways to conserve resources. Learners complete a worksheet and complete a chosen project for Earth Day.
Another fantastic activity 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.
Third graders look at logging in Michigan and study the effects of logging on the conservation of natural resources. For this logging lesson, 3rd graders read The Lorax discuss the importance of replacing trees. Students write a persuasive letter to the Christmas Tree Farmers.
Youngsters discover what recycling is and identify things that can be recycled. They use both video and Internet resources to aid them in their study. This is a well-designed lesson plan with excellent activities and a nicely-written letter to parents regarding an upcoming class project on recycling. Very good!
The presidential election of 1912 was a turning point in American politics. Whoever won would reshape the political spectrum. Learn about the key issues, each party's politics, and the four men who wanted to become president: William Taft, Theodore Roosevelt, Eugene Debs, and Woodrow Wilson.