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Fifth graders explore the amazing world of rocks and minerals, while discovering how rocks and minerals are used in common, everyday items. There are some excellent activities embedded in this engaging plan. The "Your House Comes from a Mine" activity is especially enlightening. An excellent resource for your young geologists.
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.
Did westward expansion really live up to the dream of adventurers for a new life and opportunities for land and resources? While designed for a flipped classroom, try using this resource to evaluate primary sources alongside your class! Project the images provided and discuss as a group the reasons why each primary resource represents a cost/benefit of westward expansion.
Fourth graders discover natural resources on our planet by examining photographs. In this farming and fishing lesson, 4th graders investigate the geography of New England and its history of cod fishing. Students identify the resources in historic photographs as natural, unnatural, renewable or non-renewable.
Students write a one page description of a career in the Science/Natural Resources Career Cluster. In this careers lesson, students identify the career majors and at least two careers in each major in the Science/Natural Resources Career Cluster. Students discover course of study and recommended electives.
Earth science learners experiment with the water-holding properties of sand, pebbles, and clay. They apply their findings to the building of a well. This activity is engaging and tactile, and it demonstrates the importance of considering soil type during construction. Follow-up with a discussion of other situations in which soil type would be pertinent.
Students are introduced to the Munsell System of Color Notation that is used for direct comparison of soils anywhere in the world. They become familiar with hue, value and chroma notations, identify colors that act as clues to the mineral content of soil and consider the uses of this system of classification.
Students predict which types of soils would work best for keeping contaminants contained. They comprehend that in the past, landfills have been one major source of groundwater contamination. Pupils comprehend that placing and building landfills that prevent leachate, from leaving the landfill and entering either surface or groundwater supplies.
How does environmental quality affect the water cycle? Find out through an experiment and a short research project. High schoolers will work together to discover how soil pollution and air pollution can affect Earth's drinkable water supply. The link to the diagram of the hydrological cycle is not actually a diagram, so you will need to find a water cycle diagram to share with the class for that portion of the lesson. Additionally, in the pre-activities section, there is a reference to a prior lesson key to understanding the concepts, so make sure that your hydrologists know the necessary water cycle vocabulary before they get started with the lab and research.
Students conduct an experiment. In this plant growth lesson, students answer the question, "Will the fertilized plant grow faster?" by planting seeds in various soils and observing their growth. Students use an observation chart to write down any growth they observe and then summarize the results of their experiment.
Students examine three samples of an ecosystem. In this ecosystem lesson, students define ecosystems and study ecosystems in three different areas. Students are divided into six teams where they investigate different components of each area including soil, sunlight, wind, temperature, plant life, and animal life. Students combine the information gathered and create a class chart.
Students investigate what organisms and objects live in the soil beneath us. In this Earth science instructional activity, 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.