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Examine physical properties of things found on the Earth! In this Earth lesson, learners explore the physical properties of soil, sand, and rocks. They sort, classify, compare and contrast materials in the soil.
Students investigate what organisms and objects live in the soil beneath us. In this Earth science lesson plan, students are given a sample soil package from their teacher to dig through which includes bones, twigs and leaves. Students classify the objects they find as living or non-living and discuss ways to keep their planet clean by not littering.
Students investigate rocks and minerals and take a field trip to sample soils. They analyze rocks and soil, research the geological terrenes of the topology of San Francisco, and produce a lab research report.
Sixth graders collect soil samples and record the location of the samples by using GPS.
Third graders observe the growth of plants in a variety of types of soil (play sand, beach sand, desert sand, red clay, loam, potting soil). They observe and measure how the quantities and qualities of nutrients, light and water in the environment affect plant growth.
Students examine different types of soil. In this soil lesson, students research different types of soil. Students create a podcast about a worm family looking for a new home using storyboarding or graphic organizers.
Learners, in groups, examine different types of soils. They describe each kind of soil and then add water and observe what happens.
Learners, in groups, examine garden soil, clay, sand and compost. They add water to each to determine what happens.
Students examine inequitable resource distributions. They participate in a resource distribution demonstration, write a reflection, watch a video, and calculate their ecological footprint.
Learners investigate the reasons for and processes of Recycling and Composting. In this environmental instructional activity, students learn to identify renewable and nonrenewable resources and then practice recycling by making recycled paper and composting organic materials.
Young scholars examine their ecological footprint. In this technology based lesson, students calculate patterns of consumption and suggest ways to decrease their resource usage. This lesson includes several multi-media resources, videos, and extensions.
Students conduct research on selected resources and explore the geographic nature of resources in general.
Second graders, after listening to the The Three Little Pigs, identify the natural, human, and capital resources involved in creating each house.
Students use geographic information to suggest how to manage natural resources through a simulation. They engage in a simulation, and decide how to protect, allocate, and exploit the resources of a hypothetical location.
Students study the value of renewable resources, composting and conservation. They watch computer based video before completing a composting activity and making recycled paper.
Students identify and describe major geographical features of the Middle East and explain how these features and other natural resources influence the economy of the area. Then they research one of the middle-eastern countries listed, identifying country's physical geography, the population, average life span, the climate, the country's GDP, the industries supported by the country, and what the country exports.
Young scholars investigate germination. In this schoolyard activity, students collect soil samples and germinate seeds. Young scholars study how seeds remain dormant until conditions are right for germination.
Students watch videos and create a representation of their watershed. In this water resources and pollution lesson, students watch three short videos and discuss them. They use ordinary objects to create a model of their watershed.
Students distinguish between items with and without energy. In this energy instructional activity, students understand that natural resources power electrical apparatus and that energy needs to be saved.