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What is an Ecological Footprint?
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.
4th - 8th Science
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.
2nd - 8th Science
Selecting the Tap: Water Safety
Are you looking for a cross-curricular activity between science and language arts, or a writing project for your environmental science class? Examine water as a scarce natural resource instead of taking it for granted. Middle schoolers identify the traits of potable water, and research local water sources to determine if they are impaired or not.
6th - 8th Science CCSS: Designed
The Delicate Balance - Iowa's Natural Resources
Discover the natural resources in Iowa by studying it's history. In this environmental instructional activity, 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.
3rd - 12th Science
Lemonade For Sale
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.
2nd - 3rd Visual & Performing Arts
Protecting Natural Resources
Third graders recognize what our natural resources are and their importance. In this natural resource recycling lesson, 3rd graders understand why it is important to recycle and conserve natural resources. Students can explain how recycling prevents landfills from filling up.
Natural Resources and Ancient Cities
Learners 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.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History
Natural resources are discussed in this lesson. Learners watch a PowerPoint about this topic. Next, they rotate through centers with information about natural resources, including trees, coal, natural gas, water, oil, the sun, and water. This activity could lead to a discussion of the environment and conservation.
Using Recycled Materials
What happens to our recycling once it is hauled away? In the third of four Earth Day lessons about recycling and reducing our impact on the world's natural resources, learners explore where recycled materials go and what becomes of them. After a quick overview, kids work in pairs to research a product from its original form (natural resource) to its typical disposal.
6th - 8th Science
Is it possible to have a waste-less lunch? Can your class become leaders in conservation? Discuss the importance of reducing waste during lunch time with a fun lesson plan that can be extended to everyday practices. First the class examines the types of packaging used to package their lunches, then they discuss ways they can conserve natural resources by reducing the amount of waste they produce.
K - 5th Science
Scarcity of resources is a fundamental economics concepts that kids need to understand. You'll use a large bag of popcorn to demonstrate this concept. Have the class come up row-by-row to fill their snack bags with popcorn. By the last few rows, the popcorn will be gone, and some of the class will have to go without.
4th - 8th Social Studies & History
The Happy Game: Natural Resources
Can't get enough of the Happy Game? Here it is again, this time students help Happy get a healthy lunch by answering questions related to the environment and natural resources. This is a great game to play prior to a lesson, to get an idea of what students already know, or play it again after a lesson to show them how much they have learned.
1st - 2nd Science
Is That Natural?
Students examine how they use and waste natural resources. They participate in a class discussion about natural resources, in small groups complete a worksheet identifying ways students misuse natural resources, and create an informational flyer demonstrating ways to conserve resources.
3rd - 5th Technology & Engineering
Debate: Natural Resources- Which Are Most Valuable to the State
Class members are each assigned a state's natural resource to research. In pairs, they engage in silent debates: they pass a paper back and forth, writing a line on each turn about why their resource is most important. At the end, partners report who won each debate in a survey of all the resources in a state.
4th - 7th English Language Arts