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Future energy engineers visit several stations, each one dedicated to a different alternative source of energy. They describe how solar energy is converted into other forms of energy, the patterns of distribution of energy resources in the United States, and how these patterns of distribution are represented through maps. This is a comprehensive and well-written lesson plan for your middle school science curriculum.
Investigate ways to repair and preserve coastal resources. Your class will give examples of human and natural activity that has damaged coastal resources, and then describe 3 restoration projects and they describe 3 ways people can contribute to coastal restoration. Groups of students investigate a case study and prepare a report related to coastal restoration.
Your class will learn about natural resources and man-made items and differentiate between them. They chart resources from seven pictures and explain how each natural resource is used.
Students explain how the availability of natural resources has affected human settlement patterns. They recognize the interactions of human populations on environments and compare the growth of two ancient cities in relation to natural resources.
Class members are each assigned a state's natural resource to research. In pairs, they engage in silent debates: they pass a paper back and forth, writing a line on each turn about why their resource is most important. At the end, partners report who won each debate in a survey of all the resources in a state. The lesson is designed for West Virginia, but the referenced text is not attached. Therefore, allow time for your learners to research natural resources on their own. 
Third graders compare and contrast different resources in an economic system. In this economics lesson, 3rd graders discover how different resources (natural, human, and capital) are used to produce goods and services. Students use the Internet to research how these resources help create economy. 
In this geography skills worksheet, learners read a 2-page selection about the landforms and resources found in the Southeast Asia, Oceania, and Antarctica. Students then respond to 2 short answer questions and complete 1 graphic organizer based on the reading selection.
Third graders investigate the properties of soil. In this soil composition instructional activity, 3rd graders bring in soil samples from their homes and write observations for each sample. Students study the texture and color of the samples and complete a soil web. Students study soil compaction and a field site study of soil.
Learners investigate descriptive information on North Carolina soil types and how the presence of plants affects soil erosion.
Students will be able to identify the characteristics of healthy soil and unhealthy soil.Take the class outside to an area of thick grass near trees, if available. Compare the clothes people wear to the thin cover. Discuss the reasons why we wear clothes and why the soil might need clothes. Discuss what it feels like to be outside without a jacket when it is windy and rainy.
Young scholars explore different types of soil types. In this soil types lesson, students work in small groups to dig holes in soil. Young scholars observe the different types of soil and how it changes. Students write and draw in their journals about soil horizons. Young scholars discuss the need for soil.
Students conduct background research on the decomposition process, soil composition, and the life cycle using the resources provided for Internet searches. They work in collaborative groups to research topics as a particular plant, soil erosion, etc.
Seventh graders discover the types of weathering and how creatures that live in the soil benefit the soil. They discuss the soil as a valuable resource and explain the importance of its conservation.
Students predict the numbers of invertebrate organisms in their soil sample and then count them. In this tundra soil lesson plan, students compare their sample to scientists samples that have been analyzed.
Young scholars investigate animal activity inside the soil. In this animals in soil lesson plan, students do this is groups and complete drawings and label what they find.
Students investigate descriptive information on North Carolina soil types and how the presence of plants affects soil erosion. They describe the relationship between climate and soil formation, and identify different soil types and how they influence
Young scholars examine the soil of the Inner Coastal Plain of North Carolina. Using the internet, they discover why tobacco was a major crop of the area and locate on a map tobacco farms. They show how tobacco was grown before modern farming machinery became available.
Students analyze images of five different soil types from various locations and discuss how climate, vegetation, parent material, topography, and time can contribute to soil characteristics.
Discover the natural resources in Iowa by studying it's history. In this environmental lesson, your students will observe a topographical map of Iowa and identify where its most valuable resources are. They complete an Iowa name matching game and other activities based on the state's history.
Ninth graders will identify/understand the differences between soil and dirt. They will classify soil color accurately and use Munsell notation to describe it (Munsell books provided).Students will classify soil texture using the feel method (hand out provided).