Natural Resources Activities

Instructor: David Wood

David has taught Honors Physics, AP Physics, IB Physics and general science courses. He has a Masters in Education, and a Bachelors in Physics.

The Earth has many natural resources, and that means there's a lot to learn. Help students along that path with a few of these natural resources activities.

Natural Resources Activities

Although we often take it for granted, the planet we live on is awash with natural resources. Some of these resources are rather obvious: coal, oil, plants, animals, and rocks. Some are not so obvious: renewable energy resources, the shape of the land, precious metals, and the soil itself. Here is a list of natural resources you could reference:

Non-renewable Natural Resources Renewable Natural Resources Other Natural Resources
Coal Wind Land topography
Oil Water Hydropower potential
Natural Gas Soil Tourist attractions (beaches etc.)
Nuclear Materials Forests Climate
Metal Ores Animals Sunlight
Minerals Biofuel Geothermal potential
Rocks Tidal power potential
Gems

Students need to know about all of these things, and if we do it through fun activities, we can keep them engaged throughout the process.

Resources Mind Map

There are so many natural resources that it's hard to keep track of them all. We can provide students with a diagram listing all the natural resources they need to know about, and putting them into categories. However, a better way might be to allow students to categorize natural resources themselves. There are many different ways you could categorize the same items.

For this activity, have students create an attractive mini poster showing a mind map of how they imagine the resources, categorized in whatever way makes sense to them. Students can even share the ideas with the rest of the class, in case someone else's idea seems more helpful.

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