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The student categorizes nonrenewable vs. renewable resources in this lesson and learns the effects of overusing our resources
Social Studies, Science
By – Cynthia Gaucin
Primary Subject – Science
Secondary Subject – Social Studies
Grade Level – 3
Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills Science Standards:
- (3.11) Science Concepts. The student knows that the natural world includes earth materials and objects in the sky. The student is expected to:
- (A) Identify and describe the importance of earth materials including rocks, soil, water, and gases of the atmosphere in the local area and classify them as renewable, nonrenewable, or inexhaustible resources.
- The student will be able to identify and know what a natural resource is.
- The student will be able to categorize nonrenewable vs. renewable resources.
- The student will be able to identify and understand the effect and importance these materials have on earth.
List of materials needed:
- student science notebook
- natural resources and their products worksheet (teacher created)
- overhead or board
- teacher notes
- pictures showing the long term bad effects of overusing our natural resources
- Before the lesson, make sure you have you transparency ready and the notes ready. On your transparency, make a T-chart into two sides. Name one “Nonrenewable” and the other “Renewable”.
- The students will all sit in their assign seats and will stay seated until directions are given out.
- Show pictures of the long term effects of overusing our natural resources.
- After all the students are seated and have their science notebook out, proceed to the overhead and turn it on.
- You will need the transparency with the T-chart of Nonrenewable vs. Renewable. Ask your students to copy the chart with the title being “Natural Resources.”
- As you take out your teacher notes, ask the students if they are aware of what a natural resources is.
- After the students have given you their thoughts of what a natural resource is, explain to them what a natural resource is and what it consists of.
- Explain to them that a natural resources can be grouped into the two categories Renewable and Nonrenewable.
- Explain what a nonrenewable resource is and give examples.
- Explain what a renewable resources is and give examples.
- Make sure to have a list of natural resources and call them out to see if your students can categorize them between nonrenewable and renewable
- After the students have done this, explain to them the long term effects overusing and wasting our natural resources has on habitats, animals, and even humans.
- Explain to the students the importance of these resources and how they help us.
- Introduce the three R’S (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle)
- Explain and show the students how they can save our environment doing simple tasks at home.
- Let the students ask questions and give their ideas on how to save their environment.
- Pass out worksheets.
- What is a natural resource?
- What are two types of natural resources?
- What are the three environmental “R’s” ?
- Based on what we discussed today, what can we do to help out the environment?