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Ch 4: Natural Resources & Conservation Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

Boost your earth and environmental science lesson plans with the resources found in this chapter. Use lesson plan outlines to get ideas for class projects, assignments and fun activities you can use to help your students learn about natural resources and conservation.

Natural Resources & Conservation Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

This chapter contains various lesson plans that outline engaging individual and group classroom and homework projects and assignments that cover everything from natural resources and renewable energy to littering and waste management. Activities might involve writing assignments, experiments or arts and crafts projects that complement lessons on landfills, solar energy, recycling, water conservation and more.

Show your students video lessons about these topics as a visual aid to help them master concepts before they start on various activities and projects.

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  • Vocabulary words: Identifies and defines key words to help students better understand topics being discussed.
  • Student engagement: Keeps your class's attention with short videos and fun activities designed to get them involved and to better retain the material.
  • Class discussion questions/topics: Supplements existing lesson plans with discussion ideas you can use to encourage class participation and to take different approaches to this material.

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This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning natural resources and conservation lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific natural resources and conservation topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your earth or environmental science class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share various lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important aspects of natural resources and conservation from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant conservation and natural resources activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

46 Lessons in Chapter 4: Natural Resources & Conservation Lesson Plans
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Natural Resources Lesson Plan

1. Natural Resources Lesson Plan

Do your students know about natural resources? A video lesson from Study.com explains the facts while you help students create personal inventories of natural resource consumption.

What Are Natural Resources? - Definition & Types

2. What Are Natural Resources? - Definition & Types

Natural resources are materials provided by the Earth that humans can use to make more complex (human-made) products. In this lesson, you will learn some examples of natural resources and how to classify them.

Natural Resources Activities

3. Natural Resources Activities

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 Games

4. Natural Resources Games

There are many natural resources for students to learn about. We can keep students interested and engaged with a few of these natural resources games.

Resource Conservation Lesson Plan

5. Resource Conservation Lesson Plan

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.

Conservation of Resources: Responsibility & Action

6. Conservation of Resources: Responsibility & Action

Learn about why it is important to conserve resources on the planet Earth. Whose responsibility is it? How can we take action? In this lesson, learn about aspects of conserving resources individually, locally, and internationally.

Renewable & Nonrenewable Resources Lesson Plan

7. Renewable & Nonrenewable Resources Lesson Plan

What do your students know about renewable and nonrenewable resources? In this lesson plan, a video lesson will present the facts, a quiz will measure understanding, and an activity puts it all in practice. Extensions and related lessons offer opportunities for deeper study.

Renewable & Non-Renewable Resources: Definition & Differences

8. Renewable & Non-Renewable Resources: Definition & Differences

We use a variety of Earth's resources, but not all of them will be around forever. This lesson explains the difference between resources that can be regenerated for our use and those that are gone after they are used once.

Water Conservation Lesson Plan

9. Water Conservation Lesson Plan

What can be done to reduce our consumption of the Earth's water? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to define and outline water conservation, and an activity gives students the opportunity to analyze water consumption on campus.

Water Conservation Lesson for Kids: Facts & Importance

10. Water Conservation Lesson for Kids: Facts & Importance

This lesson will teach you about water conservation, with a focus on the water our households use every day. You will learn simple ways to reduce the amount of water you use.

Renewable Energy Lesson Plan

11. Renewable Energy Lesson Plan

What is a renewable energy source? A video lesson delivers key facts while an activity allows students to delve deeper. To help expand on instruction, we have included extra activities and related lessons.

What Is a Renewable Energy Source? - Definition & Example

12. What Is a Renewable Energy Source? - Definition & Example

Right now, you are using electricity to power your computer. Most of our power comes from nonrenewable sources that can run out. In this lesson, learn about the many types of renewable energy sources that will never run out and could be used instead.

Alternative Energy Lesson Plan

13. Alternative Energy Lesson Plan

What is renewable energy? A text lesson helps to answer this question while an activity exemplifies real world instances of renewable energy. Related lessons and additional activities provide opportunities for further learning.

What is Alternative Energy? - Definition & Sources

14. What is Alternative Energy? - Definition & Sources

What is alternative energy? Alternative to what and why are people looking for alternatives anyway? Learn the answers to those questions in this lesson.

Solar Energy Lesson Plan

15. Solar Energy Lesson Plan

How does solar energy work? A video lesson outlines key information for students while a fun in-class competition puts it to the test. Related lessons and extensions help you take this topic further if you choose.

What is Solar Energy? - Definition, Pros & Cons

16. What is Solar Energy? - Definition, Pros & Cons

Learn about solar energy and how charged particles from the sun travel to Earth to provide heat and light. Explore solar energy as a direct and indirect energy source and examine the pros and cons of harvesting solar energy for other uses.

Solar Energy Project Ideas

17. Solar Energy Project Ideas

Solar energy is going to be increasingly important in the future. Help your students learn about this emerging technology through a solar energy project. Here are some ideas.

Wind Energy Lesson Plan

18. Wind Energy Lesson Plan

Students use electricity all the time, but do they understand where it comes from? This lesson plan utilizes a written lesson, a short video, and homemade model of a wind turbine to teach students about wind energy.

What is Wind Energy?

19. What is Wind Energy?

This lesson is about wind energy. In this lesson we'll go over what wind energy is and how it makes electricity, and the pros and cons of using this type of energy source.

Wind Energy: Pros and Cons

20. Wind Energy: Pros and Cons

Wind energy is a renewable form of energy that involves harnessing the natural energy of the wind. Learn how wind is used to generate electricity and the pros and cons of this energy source.

Recycling Lesson for Kids: Facts & Definition

21. Recycling Lesson for Kids: Facts & Definition

In this lesson, we will discuss recycling and why it's important. You'll learn about items that can be recycled and see examples, and you'll explore how each of these items is recycled.

Recycling Projects for Elementary School

22. Recycling Projects for Elementary School

Elementary students can get very engaged in projects pertaining to recycling. This lesson gives you some ideas for recycling projects to do with K through 5 in grades.

Recycling Projects for Middle School

23. Recycling Projects for Middle School

Recycling is extremely important in the modern world as we grapple with the perils of climate change. Help your students learn what they need to know and to educate others with these ideas for middle school recycling projects.

Composting Lesson Plan

24. Composting Lesson Plan

What is composting and what are its benefits? This lesson plan uses an informative video lesson to explain this for students while an activity gives students a chance to demonstrate what they've learned.

What Is Composting? - Definition and Examples

25. What Is Composting? - Definition and Examples

In this lesson, we will explore the unique method of waste disposal where items are encouraged to rot. We will investigate the composting process, the benefits of composting, and examples of different types.

Wind Energy Lesson Plan for Elementary School

26. Wind Energy Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Use this action-packed lesson plan to help you teach your students about wind energy. Students read a text lesson that explains key concepts of wind energy then make a model of their own to see ideas come to life.

Wind Energy Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

27. Wind Energy Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

People have used the wind to do work for centuries. In the past, windmills were used to pump water and grind grain. Today, huge wind turbines are used to generate electricity. Learn about wind energy.

Solar Energy Lesson Plan for Elementary School

28. Solar Energy Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Teach your students about solar energy with the help of this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson that explains solar energy, how it's used and the pros and cons on the topic, then extend their understanding with a project.

Solar Energy Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

29. Solar Energy Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

Above your head, there's a single source of energy that is used by every person on the planet. It burns so brightly that you can't stare directly at it. I'm talking about the Sun and in this lesson, you'll learn how we use the Sun's energy.

Natural Resources Lesson Plan for Elementary School

30. Natural Resources Lesson Plan for Elementary School

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.

Irrigation Lesson Plan

31. Irrigation Lesson Plan

How do farmers water their crops? In this lesson plan, your students will explore different types of irrigation through interactive discussion, engaging activities and self-created learning tools.

Irrigation Lesson Plan for Elementary School

32. Irrigation Lesson Plan for Elementary School

This lesson plan will help you teach your students about irrigation, how it works, and why it's important. Students will read a text lesson about irrigation, experiment with irrigation, and engineer an original irrigation model.

Fossil Fuels Lesson Plan for Elementary School

33. Fossil Fuels Lesson Plan for Elementary School

This lesson plan uses active learning models to teach your students about fossil fuel. Students will read a text lesson that guides them through facts about fossil fuel, interact with content, then show what they know in a hands-on activity.

Natural Gas Lesson Plan

34. Natural Gas Lesson Plan

What is natural gas and how is it used? This lesson plan explains these concepts through a video lesson before an activity helps students to deepen their understanding of the pros and cons of the uses of natural gas.

Energy Conservation Lesson Plan

35. Energy Conservation Lesson Plan

We know that energy changes form all the time. Your students will become familiar with conservation of energy as they watch an interesting video, trace the conservation of energy through activities, and take a quiz.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Science Project Ideas

36. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Science Project Ideas

Perhaps you are planning to celebrate Earth Day with your class, or maybe you just want to help your students be more environmentally responsible. These projects are for elementary and middle school students.

Global Environmental Interdependence Activities for High School

37. Global Environmental Interdependence Activities for High School

Many high school students are very interested in environmental issues. This lesson harnesses these interests by offering activities that will facilitate deep and critical thinking about global environmental interdependence.

Recycling Lesson Plan

38. Recycling Lesson Plan

Want to teach your students about recycling in a fun way? A text lesson walks them through the essentials while an in-class activity allows them to engage in recycling. Ongoing instruction is made possible with our suggestions for extensions and related lessons.

Water Scarcity Lesson Plan

39. Water Scarcity Lesson Plan

In this lesson, students will learn about water loss prevention and conservation. They will read a lesson, participate in discussion questions, take a quiz, and complete an engaging activity.

Rainforest Project Ideas

40. Rainforest Project Ideas

Rainforests not only provide a habitat for many unique plants and animals, but also have a stabilizing ecological effect for the entire planet. Your students will enjoy learning about rainforests through engagement in these collaborative projects.

Ecosystem Project Ideas for 5th Grade

41. Ecosystem Project Ideas for 5th Grade

Our ecosystems are fragile. It is important for students to learn about ecosystems. In these projects, art, research and activity all come together to help students learn about these important systems.

Ecosystem Diorama Project Ideas

42. Ecosystem Diorama Project Ideas

Teaching your students about ecosystems? Use dioramas to help them think about biology and natural science in a unique and interactive way. These projects can be used in most classrooms.

Grassland Ecosystem Project Ideas

43. Grassland Ecosystem Project Ideas

Grassland ecosystems compose about one-fourth of the Earth's land and are important for the survival of many species of plants and animals. These three projects will educate your students about these critical regions of our planet.

Solar Oven Lesson Plan

44. Solar Oven Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to introduce students to solar energy. Students will read a text lesson, discuss new scientific information, and follow a written guide to build a solar oven. Students will then debrief with a written assessment and an optional quiz.

Green Revolution Lesson Plan

45. Green Revolution Lesson Plan

The Green Revolution was an exciting time in our history where agriculture and crop production increased dramatically. In this lesson plan, students will learn about the Green Revolution and develop a presentation to share what they know.

Energy Unit Plan

46. Energy Unit Plan

You can improve the analytical skills and cooperative abilities of your high school students with this unit plan, as you teach about both renewable and nonrenewable sources of energy.

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