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Students examine the history of the National parks. In groups, they discuss the concepts of conservation and preservation. They discuss the use of natural resources and how some are renewable and non-renewable. To end the lesson, they research the role of Gifford Pinchot and the Hetch Hetchy controversy and discuss with the class.
Students relate recycling to waste reduction. In this science instructional activity, students talk about the environment and how recycling certain natural resources actually saves on energy.  They also discuss what type of recycling causes pollution and wastes energy.
Sixth graders explore the many uses of corn as a renewable source. In this biodegradable resource instructional activity, 6th graders investigate how corn is used in manufacturing and as a fuel. Students construct a piece of homemade plastic using cornstarch and food coloring.
Eighth graders discuss reasons to buy certain brands of technology equipment. They discuss the "Energy Guide Label" (link provided) and its purpose. From a list, 8th graders select a problem, and research a solution for that problem. A series of handouts is provided to guide students through this lesson.
Young scholars simulate population growth and land use capacity by playing a board game. In this science lesson, students create new guidelines to conserve land resources. They explain how the land's carrying capacity affects living things.
Fifth graders simulate extending the life of a nonrenewable resource. They conduct experiments that attempt to extend the life of a non-rechargeable battery. Pupils brainstorm a list of Earth's nonrenewable resources. Students write in their journals how one of the nonrenewable resources that they choose could be conserved.
Fifth graders simulate extending the life of a nonrenewable resource.  In this nonrenewable resources lesson plan, 5th graders conduct experiments that attempt to extend the life of a non-rechargeable battery. 
In this recognizing the advantages and usage of wind turbines activity, students list advantages of using wind power, record places where wind farms are located, and write the meaning of renewable resource. Students answer 3 questions.
Learners plan for a water shortage in their area.  In this water lesson, students analyze water usage and plan and share a reduction plan.  Groups share their results and calculate the averages.  Learners analyze how water is wasted.  Students extend their research to the community.
Students work as a group to determine a management plan for an imaginary forest. In this forestry lesson, students discuss timber management techniques and develop a list of pros and cons for the techniques. They develop a management plan for an imaginary forest based on the discussion.
Student explore the relationship of static electricity to current electricity, circuits, electromagnets, electro generators, and public electric utilities. In this Green Team lesson plan, 4th graders participate in hands-on science lessons using balloons, wool, batteries, light bulbs, iron filings, magnets and copper wire. They have to pass a 'test' to become a member of a the Green Team, and conduct energy audits using a light meter, watt meter, and thermometer.</p
Fifth graders define terms associated with renewable and nonrenewable resources. They identify materials that are renewable and nonrewable. They categorize a list into the correct type of resource.
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.
Students investigate nonrenewable and renewable resources using the Internet. In this environmental lesson, students research and create a PowerPoint presentation on energy resources.
Seventh graders design a collage that shows natural resources or things made from natural resources. They discuss the collages and decide how they use natural resources at home and school. They listen to a read aloud of a Native American story before sorting pictures into renewable and non-renewable resources.
Students explore the concept or renewable energy. In this energy consumption lesson plan, students investigate the positive and negative aspect of using renewable energy. Students act as advocates for alternative energy.
Students study forests and understand their reliance on forest products and examine their choices between renewable and non renewable resources.  In this forest products lesson students read several articles, complete a short writing assignment and discuss what they learned. 
Students explore renewable and nonrenewable resources. In this electricity lesson, students consider way to reduce the energy that they use as they chart and analyze their own electricity usage.
Learners identify the Earth's natural resources. In this Earth science lesson, students read the book The Great Kapok Tree and discuss types of natural resources. Learners use categories such as wood, paper, and trees and list items that come from each natural resource.
Fifth graders build knowledge about natural resources and their conservation. The students will work in small groups to create an informational poster or other visual presentation.

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