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Natural Resource Management Teacher Resources
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Students write a one page description of a career in the Science/Natural Resources Career Cluster. In this careers lesson, students identify the career majors and at least two careers in each major in the Science/Natural Resources Career Cluster. Students discover course of study and recommended electives.
Seventh graders design a collage that shows natural resources or things made from natural resources. They discuss the collages and decide how they use natural resources at home and school. They listen to a read aloud of a Native American story before sorting pictures into renewable and non-renewable resources.
Here's a fine lesson 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.
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.
Discover the natural resources in Iowa by studying it's history. In this environmental lesson, your students will observe a topographical map of Iowa and identify where its most valuable resources are. They complete an Iowa name matching game and other activities based on the state's history.
Fifth graders define the terms renewable and nonrenewable resources and examine the impact they have on the environment. They develop a class list of natural resources, watch a short video clip, and identify the natural resources in the song "America, the Beautiful." Students read the "Amazing Facts" handout and conduct a Green Audit of their own home.
While visiting websites and viewing video clips, inquisitors gain an understanding of hydrology and its contribution to developing wetlands. Using the FieldScope tool (a link is provided), they explore the New Orleans area and relate what they see to what they have learned. In groups, they role play the parts of the city manager and wildlife preserve manager, discussing the water needs of each. This lesson would be a poignant addition to your middle school environmental science curriculum.
Investigate ways to repair and preserve coastal resources. Your class will give examples of human and natural activity that has damaged coastal resources, and then describe 3 restoration projects and they describe 3 ways people can contribute to coastal restoration. Groups of students investigate a case study and prepare a report related to coastal restoration.
Students explore that some resources are finite. They are able to deelop an understanding of commodities-some resources are worth more than others so companies choose to spend more money to find them. Students realize that some environmental damage may occur from recovery of resources. They are able to analyze the role of technology in resource acquisition. Students are able to conclude that predicting remaining reserves is problematic.
Students explore resource management, specifically farming. After reviewing vocabulary words, groups of students explore what is conserved by each practice. They compare and contrast responses. Students describe farming procedures which provide good habitats for wildlife. They complete a worksheet to demonstrate the concept of land stewardship.
Draw your class in by working together to complete a chart of ocean users and uses. Connect the users to how they use the ocean where possible. Introduce the class to ways that areas of the ocean are protected, and take them to the NOAA website for marine protected areas (MPAs). Draw an imaginary coastline on the board and have volunteers suggest what people, resources, and restrictions they would like to include on the map. Overall, this lesson is not strong, but it would be pertinent to a unit on natural resources or how humans impact the environment.
Young scholars identify productive resources that are important to migrant workers. In this lesson on resources, students give examples of natural resources, human resources and capital resources that apply to migrant workers. This lesson has worksheets that integrate other content areas.
Students make connections between their daily lives and the usage of natural resources as they relate to the importance of environmental quality. In this ecology lesson, students listen to the story The Lorax by Dr. Seuss and then discuss the impact of human actions on natural environments. Students explore how pollution affects wildlife and how water supply is connected to urban areas.
High schoolers investigate decisions that are made to protect coastal resources. In this coastal resources lesson plan, students role play the decisions made around a coastal resource issue as a debate or town meeting. They have a discussion about coastal resource management and the importance of public support to protect coastal resources.