Energy From Natural Resources Teacher Resources
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Waste Not Want Not
Learners are introduced to the need to save natural resources. Through inquiry, hands-on activities, and problem solving, students increase their understanding of solid waste materials and the need to reduce, recycle, and reuse.
I See a Coyote
Students role-play coyotes looking for natural resources. In this natural resources lesson, students examine the relationship between animal life and the environment. Students play a game that demonstrates how natural resources affect animal populations.
Make Your Own Biodegradable Plastic Stuff
Students identify the four basic natural resources. They distinguish bettween renewable and non-renewable resources. Pupils recognize that all natural resources are needed by living plants and animals. Students list consequences for continued use of non-renewable resources. They conduct an experiment in producing a biodegradable plastic from corn.
Canada Now and in the Future
Eleventh graders research information about Canada in The Canadian Atlas, examine human impact upon landscape of Canada, and discuss ways Canadians can preserve their land and standard of living by using country's natural resources more efficiently.
Boston Harbor Cruise: A Shoreline Survey
The students take a harbor cruise, photograph, and draw shore line features attending to evidence of human impact/consequences, and its cost on marine/land animal habitats vegetation, weather patterns, signs of erosion, and the water quality of the city's greatest natural resource the Boston Harbor and its associated rivers.
Young scholars make recycled paper out of scrap paper, water, and leaves. In this natural resources lesson plan, students learn about conservation of the forest and how we can use recycled paper to fuel our paper supply.
Energy in Today's Global Society
Energy analysts assess the environmental cost of fossil fuels and compare it to various alternative energy sources. They role play a community scenario where they develop a plan to provide energy for a certain region. They present an argument convincing the Town Hall that their method is the most effective.
In small groups, energy engineers research and make a topographic map of a marine natural resource. They report to the rest of the class pros and cons of extracting their assigned resource. The two activities may take up to four class periods for middle schoolers to complete. Very attractive professional-quality handouts are provided for class members.
Natural Resources and Land Use
Seventh graders explore natural resources and land use. In this geography skills lesson plan, 7th graders view a PowerPoint presentation on the topics and discuss the distribution of natural resources and land use issues in East Asia. The PowerPoint is not included with the lesson plan.
Our Natural Resources
Learners discuss key terms used to describe ecosystems and how humans are altering natural resources. They listen to the book, Grandfather's Wisdom, and list the renewable and nonrenewable resources they have used or consumed in the past 24 hours.
Earth's Natural Resources
In this geology worksheet, 10th graders locate 44 terms about natural resources in a word search. Answers are available in various formats.
New! Generating Ideas for Electricity Generation
Electricity is an integral part of our daily lives, but many energy sources are damaging the environment. Young engineers read about innovations in alternative energy sources, then work in groups to design and build a model of a system to generate energy. Each group presents its design to the class. The lesson plan finishes with everyone discussing the importance of renewable energy resources.
Global Resources: What Will You Do with Your Power?
Students examine the human impact on natural resources. They read and discuss an article, evaluate nations regarding their environmental problem-solving, develop a presidential speech on the environment, and conduct a natural resources scavenger hunt.
Explore Efficient Energy Uses
In this energy worksheet, students explore different ways to conserve energy. They write a short description for each of the 10 methods presented.
Zoom-In: Energy Introduction
Sixth graders determine how natural resources can be helpful and hurtful. In this energy lesson, 6th graders analyze primary sources available from the Library of Congress that complement their research of the positive and negative effects of coal mining.
Renewable vs. Non-Renewable Resources
Fifth graders are introduced to the important topic of renewable, and non-renewable, resources. They are expected to be able to correctly categorize different types of resources as renewable or non-renewable. Another emphasis of this activity is to teach the importance of conserving our non-renewable resources. An important activity in this era of over-consumption.
What is electrical energy?
Students distinguish between items with and without energy. For this energy lesson, students understand that natural resources power electrical apparatus and that energy needs to be saved.
Pupils identify the natural resources found in Virginia. They sort them into four main groups and identify man-made resources as well. They explain how these resources are used.
An Exploration of Wind Energy and Wind Turbines
How is wind produced and is it a good source for energy production? Get some air moving in your class. Learners take a pre-test, watch a demonstration of how electricity can be generated by wind energy, test different turbine factors for output efficiency, and read about this source of alternative renewable energy. Day one of the eight days suggests a PowerPoint or video as a way to introduce alternative energy, but does not link or suggest specific titles. Also, you will need to obtain a generator kit for the demonstration and turbines for experimentation.
Everything is Made of Something
Students identify which parts of the earth are solids, liquids or gases. They discover the need to conserve natural resources. They examine different products and what materials are used to make them.