Natural Resources Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Increase understanding and awareness of natural resources with this lesson plan. Students start by reading a text lesson defines the term and explains types of natural resources, then explore and expand concepts with hands-on activities.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'natural resource'
  • list types of natural resources and provide information about each
  • discuss why controlling use of natural resources is important


1 - 1.5 hours


Key Vocabulary

  • Natural resource
  • Hydropower

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.1

Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.2

Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3

Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.

Warm-Up and Preparation

  • Show students the image you selected and ask them to look closely and notice the objects. Point out a few, such as a plate, chair, book, and pitcher of water.
  • Break students into small groups and tell them they will have two minutes to record as many objects as they see in the picture.
  • After two minutes, allow groups to share their lists, recording their found objects on the board.
  • Set the lists aside for later.
  • Preview vocabulary and allow students to share their prior knowledge of natural resources.

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