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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.
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.
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.
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 instructional activity, they set up a balanced environment and identify the factors that are needed to keep it balanced.
Students investigate U.S. Geography by creating a map in class. In this natural resource activity, students create a map of the United States and research the Northeast based on their resources and recyclable materials. Students utilize the Internet to help identify all waterways.
Introduce youngsters to the term ecological footprint. Learners identify ways in which humans affect the environment. They look at the problems associated with the use of natural resources, and focus on ways to preserve natural environments and non-renewable energy sources. Some excellent streamed video, websites, activities, and worksheets are embedded in this nicely thought-out plan.
Learners explore economics by reading classic literature with their classmates. In this farm production lesson, students read the famous story Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Learners complete handouts based upon farm resources, inputs, outputs and natural resources mentioned in the story.
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.
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.