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Our Natural Resources
Your class will learn about natural resources and man-made items and differentiate between them. They chart resources from seven pictures and explain how each natural resource is used.
LESSON 4: What We Can Do!
Students explore natural resources and how we need to conserve, preserve and protect our natural resources.
New! Natural Resources Bingo
Bingo isn't just a silly game, it's a great way to practice all types of skills. After reviewing that the earth is composed of natural resources, what those natural resources are, and sustainability, the class plays a game of bingo. The game focuses on categorizing and identifying various objects to determine what type of natural resource they are. The wrap-up discussion prompts could easily be used as writing prompts instead.
Buffalo Gone: Appreciating Natural Resources
Third graders complete a math activity with beans and relate the beans to the natural ways of living of people in the past and the present. In this natural environment lesson plan, 3rd graders discuss and learn about natural resources and how to use them.
Fourth graders discover natural resources on our planet by examining photographs. In this farming and fishing lesson, 4th graders investigate the geography of New England and its history of cod fishing. Students identify the resources in historic photographs as natural, unnatural, renewable or non-renewable.
Natural Resources Matter
This natural resources worksheet includes discussion activities about natural resources, 2 word searches, and a list of related books and videos.
Exploring Manufacturing - Grade Four Interdisciplinary Lesson
Fourth graders study Ohio's natural resources and commercial manufacturing. In this commercial manufacturing lesson, 4th graders examine the natural resources of Ohio, and determine how they let the state participate in domestic and international trade. They make paper, research mass production of paper, and complete all pre and post-assessments.
Plants and Animals
Seventh graders discover the interconnectedness of plants and animals in ecosystems. In groups, they create a food web and discuss the problems when one link of the chain is broken. To end the lesson plan, they set up a balanced environment and identify the factors that are needed to keep it balanced.
One of North Carolina's Natural Resources: Fertile Soil
Students examine the soil of the Inner Coastal Plain of North Carolina. Using the internet, they discover why tobacco was a major crop of the area and locate on a map tobacco farms. They show how tobacco was grown before modern farming machinery became available.
New! I Want It! I Need It!
Discuss wants and needs with your elementary ecologists and get them to consider what would happen to our natural resources if we all got everything that we want. Learners play a card sorting game and take an ecological footprint quiz on the Internet.
Natural Resources and Ancient Cities
Students explain how the availability of natural resources has affected human settlement patterns. They recognize the interactions of human populations on environments and compare the growth of two ancient cities in relation to natural resources.
Harvesting Our Natural Resources
Students investigate various economic activities generated from natural resources in Canada. They conduct research on the 'Atlas of Canada' website, identify communities that grew as a result from selected economic activities, and take an online quiz.
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.
Research and Resources
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 discover how to conserver natural resources by packing a waste-less lunch. After analyzing their lunches, students identify ways in which they can conserve natural resources such as reducing, reusing, recycling and composting.
Little House In the Big Woods
Students explore economics by reading classic literature with their classmates. In this farm production lesson plan, students read the famous story Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Students complete handouts based upon farm resources, inputs, outputs and natural resources mentioned in the story.
U.S. Geography: The Northeast
Learners investigate U.S. Geography by creating a map in class. In this natural resource lesson, students create a map of the United States and research the Northeast based on their resources and recyclable materials. Learners utilize the Internet to help identify all waterways.
Teaching the Tragedy of the Commons: Natural Resource Depletion
You can help your students understand resource depletion with simple activities that highlight the idea of the tragedy of the commons.
The Delicate Balance - Iowa's Natural Resources
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.
Where Did That Pencil Come From? The Study of Natural Resources
Students examine what natural resources are used to make everyday products. They describe the process the resources go through before they come to the consumer. They research a state and focus on its natural resources.