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Some of the details of the use of wildlife as food and crop resources are given at the beginning of this slideshow. Next, the historical problems with wildlife are explained, as are some mistakes that have been made leading to extinction of many non-hostile animals. There are numerous examples given of animals that now have legal protection in order to ensure their survival in the face of human interference.
Students play a game to demonstrate renewable and non-renewable resource availability. In this energy resources instructional activity, students play a game of musical chairs to demonstrate dwindling non-renewable resources and their alternatives. They are also given scenarios to discuss concerning energy resources.
A referenced PowerPoint is not included, but this lesson can still make an impact with emerging environmentalists. After introducing them to the facts about overfishing, they experiment with a fishing simulation using colored beads and fish-shaped crackers. The instructions suggest talking about buoyancy concepts, which are unrelated to the activity. Leave them out and use this lesson when exploring natural resources or human impact on the environment.
In small groups, fourth graders identify different sources of renewable and non-renewable energy. They research the pros and cons of using each of these resources. They rank household appliances according to energy usage and efficiency. An excellent resource, well worth your time.
Students identify the Earth's natural resources and classify them as renewable or non-renewable. They participate in a simulation of the distribution of nonrenewable resources using cookies, and complete a table that identifies what they use everyday that are made of various materials.