Renewable Resources Teacher Resources
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Water: A Precious Resource
Learners use a Canadian Atlas to complete a fact finder exercise about Canada's water supply. They map Canada's ocean drainage basins and complete an organizer to make connections between water supply, physical geography, industry and population.
Using Natural Resources In Chinese And Japanese Art
Students discuss the uses and availability of natural resources in China and Japan and how those resources effected visual art from each country. This lesson includes two possible enrichment activities.
Toothpicks and Timber
Students problem-solve how to log five acres. Working in pairs, they construct models of logging sites before and after the trees are harvested. they paint their models and include other environmental details.
Auditing the Energy-Guzzlers in Your Home
Students identify the energy sources in their community as renewable or non-renewable resources. Using their homes, they identify the types of energy they use to heat and power it. They calculate the amount of electricity used by each household appliance and discuss the greenhouse gas emissions. They also develop solutions to reduce the amount of them.
Open Spaces-Constant Change of the Grassland of the United States
Students discuss the information on the first three handouts to learn the vocabulary associated with grazing and grasslands (included with the instructional activity). Students work in small groups to find the land cover data for their assigned county. They use ArcView Prairie to Mountain Explorer data to complete their assignment. Groups share their information with the rest of the class.
Making a Mini-Landfill
Young scholars create a mini-version of a landfill. They examine the materials they use everyday and determine if they decompose or not. They identify the materials as renewable or nonrenewable as well.
We Can Recycle and Reuse Paper
Students create recycled paper. They identify paper as the material that is thrown away most and that paper is made from a natural renewable resource. Students create recycled paper and brainstorm a list of ways to use recycled paper.
Our Country's Environment
In these environment worksheets, students complete several multiple choice questions that teach them about the Earth's landforms and water.
Debate in the Classroom: The Pebble Mine Pundits
Students research and debate the pros and cons of the Pebble Mine in Alaska from a variety of perspectives. They also write a position paper that either supports or opposed Pebble Mine develpoment.
From Polymers to Bioplastics: Looking Toward Finding Renewable Resources
Students investigate the properties of polymers. In this chemistry lesson, students explain the importance of energy sources. They produce a bioplastic from the lab and evaluate its structural integrity.
Innovative Thinking About Renewable Resources
Students investigate the concept of renewable resources. They conduct research using a variety of resources while focusing upon the development and use of new sources of energy. Students create a list of resources and compare them to one created by the teacher.
Hydroelectric and Geothermal: Benefits and Drawbacks
Take a closer look at hydroelectric and geothermal energy with your physical science class. Do the benefits really outweigh the costs to the surrounding areas? After doing some reading about each, small groups discuss and create a presentation about one of the two energy sources. Though this is not a unique assignment, the images, articles, and other resources provided are first class! Links to other related resources and lessons allow you to build an entire unit as well.
New! Healthy Earth, Sick Earth
Earth is sick and needs our help! Read the children's book Planet Earth Gets Well to explain the various problems facing the planet, discussing what young conservationists can do to heal the planet along the way. A great Earth Day resource that raises awareness about the importance of conservation and the different ways people affect the environment.
Geothermal Energy in Latin America
Here is a wonderful series of lessons designed to introduce learners to the variety of renewable, clean energy sources used by people all over the world. Geothermal energy is the resource focused on. This particular sources of energy happens to be readily-available in many developing countries. These lessons produced by Hemispheres are among the best geography lessons I've yet come across. Highly recommended!
Closing the Loop: A Game about Trash
Dice and playing cards are used to play a "resourceful" board game! Correct answers to questions on the cards get garbage to be reused, recycled, or composted, while incorrect answers get garbage sent to the landfill. Landfill points are negative, while the others all earn positive scores. Questions are thought-provoking and can be used to help address Next Generation Science Standards in earth science.
Fourth and fifth graders explore soil by taking a simulated field trip under the earth. They go to an Internet site that runs a simulation which charges them with finding a source of pollution that could destroy all of Earth's soil, and neutralizing it. This innovative, educationally rich, and exciting lesson should pique your learners' interest and have them buzzing with excitement. What a great way to teach about soil and geology!
Hemispheres: People and Place
Here is an astounding series of lessons, designed for high schoolers, on environmental policy. By studying water conservation in rural India, the role of the government, and the reaction of the people, learners begin to formulate opinions on environmental policy making. This incredible series of lessons contains everything you need to successfully implement them with your class. Some very high-level thinking will take place during this unit of study.
A Future Beyond Traffic Gridlock
Bill Ford, great-grandson of Henry Ford and executive chairman of Ford Motor Company, discusses his struggle to reconcile his two passions: automobiles and the environment. He explains how our current transportation systems are simply unsustainable with the rapidly growing world population. This is a problem with many solutions including shared car services, integrated public transportation, and smart vehicle networks in which cars communicate with one another. An eye-opening look at the future of personal mobility. Present your class with the engineering challenge of developing their own approaches to solving this global problem.
Sources of Energy
Fifth graders take a close look at how energy changes from one form to another within their surroundings. They also study the ten different sources of energy and determine which are renewable and which are non-renewable. This seven-page plan does a great job of presenting the ten forms of energy, and it includes some exciting tasks for pupils to complete. Groups of learners work together to complete the tasks.
Young hydrologists observe a waterwheel which helps them investigate the transformations of energy that occur when the blades of a hydro-turbine are turning. They work together in pairs and pretend to be engineers who are building a new and more efficient waterwheel. This fantastic lesson plan employs teaching strategies that bring in real-life scenarios which should stimulate and motivate your students. Some terrific extension activities are presented as well.