Renewable Resources Teacher Resources
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Students identify renewable and nonrenewable resources. In this earth science lesson, students construct a T-chart of renewable and nonrenewable resources.
Students examine how water is used in Canada. Using an atlas, they work with a partner to complete an exercise on the water supply in the country. They map Canada's ocean drainage basins and create a graphic organizer to show the relationships between the water supply and geography.
Students 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.
Learners 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.
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.
Young scholars 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.
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.
Students 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.
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.
In these environment worksheets, students complete several multiple choice questions that teach them about the Earth's landforms and water.
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.
Students play Lobster Bingo on a provided worksheet. This game demonstrates how human activities and natral events affect lobsters by impacting their food, clean water, and shelter of the reef.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.