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Fifth graders identify renewable vs. non-renewable resources and comprehend why conservation of resources is important. They are asked what they think the words natural and resource mean. Pupils then put the words together to define the term natural resource. Students brainstorm examples of natural resources. They define the terms renewable resources and nonrenewable resources and give examples of each.
Students explore energy by categorizing rocks. In this British Columbia geology lesson, students define many different vocabulary terms associated with mining such as sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic. Students utilize sample rock kits and practice classifying each rock as one of the three categories mentioned.
Students identify the four basic natural resources. They distinguish bettween renewable and non-renewable resources. Pupils recognize that all natural resources are needed by living plants and animals. Students list consequences for continued use of non-renewable resources. They conduct an experiment in producing a biodegradable plastic from corn.
High schoolers evaluate data related to population growth, along with problems and solutons: resources availability. They are able to conclue that some ecosystem resources are finite. Students are shown "Resources" powerpoint, high schoolers come up with defintions of vocabulary words based on pictures; discuss where in the world the most energy is used and compare energy consumption to population.
Investigate the prospect of wind as a renewable resource. Second and third graders make a pinwheel, answer critical thinking questions, and then attempt to use wind power to wind string. I would be more apt to use this lesson in a 1st or 2nd grade class than for 3rd graders.
Although this presentation was put together as a student teacher project, there is a segment of slides within it that can be used to introduce your young scientists to renewable energy sources. It compares nonrenewable resources to renewable resources, and then touches upon solar, wind, hydropower, and geothermal energy. The segment concludes by assigning viewers a research and PowerPoint activity. It even provides a grading rubric.