Resource Conservation Lesson Plan

Instructor: Josh Corbat

Josh has taught Earth Science and Physical Science at the High School level and holds a Master of Education degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Use this lesson plan to help your student explore resource conservation and their role in it. Students will read a text lesson, discuss resource conservation in their lives, and create an actionable conservation plan.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define resource conservation
  • name and describe several ways they can conserve resources in their daily lives


30-60 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6-8 texts and topics.


Analyze the author's purpose in providing an explanation, describing a procedure, or discussing an experiment in a text.


  • Begin the lesson by asking students to make a list of all the natural resources they have used so far today. You may have to suggest a few resources to get them started.
  • Ask for a few volunteers to share their list. It will become clear that we use several resources every day.
  • Distribute the text lesson Conservation of Resources: Responsibility & Action. Ask them to read the introduction and first section. When they are finished reading the 'Conservation of Resources' section, discuss the following questions:
    • What resources are used extensively on Earth?
    • What resources are in danger of running out?
    • Why must we conserve resources?
    • What resource shortages would impact us most directly?
  • Ask students to read the remainder of the lesson. They will now use what they have learned in this lesson to create a personalized action plan for resource conservation.

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