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Young scholars develop their abilities to solve problems both in school and in a variety of situations similar to that they have encountered in life. They define the term ecosystem in nature by comparing them to familiar organizational structures. Pupils identify some common ecosystems from which we obtain different agricultural products.
Young scholars investigate how to reduce, recycle, and reuse items in order to conserve natural resources. They complete a trash graphing activity after discussing different types of trash. Finally, the examine ways to buy recycled products to extend their conservation efforts.
Young scholars identify the Earth's natural resources. For this Earth science lesson, students read the book The Great Kapok Tree and discuss types of natural resources. Young scholars use categories such as wood, paper, and trees and list items that come from each natural resource.
Middle schoolers discuss environmental preservation and sustainability and their role in consumption and preservation. After a brief demonstration of how limited our resources are, students determine which natural resources they use most frequently and how they can help sustain those resources.
Learners use the Canadian Atlas to discover the natural resources available in various areas of the country. Using the region known as the "Tar Sands", they identify the area's characteristics and develop hypothesis about the future economics of the resource. They share their information with the class to end the instructional activity.