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Third graders work in groups to study Michigan's natural resources. They will make a timeline of events in Michigan history, research one natural resource, and create a multimedia presentation for the class. Note: Depending on how technologically savvy your class is, you may want to wait on this project until the second half of the school year.
2-3rd graders listen to the story, Lemonade for Sale, by Stuart J. Murphy. In the story, children produce and sell lemonade to raise money for their clubhouse, create a product, classify the resources used in production as natural resources, capital resources, or human resources. Mathematics and language arts are integrated as they graph the lemonade sales and create an advertisement for lemonade. Note: The ideas presented could be applied to another "like" topic.
Students define productive, capital, human and natural resources and intermediate goods, then classify these things by how they are used in a production process. In this resources/goods lesson plan, students listen to the story The Goat in the Rug and play a match game based on this story.
Fourth graders discover natural resources on our planet by examining photographs. For 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.