Renewable and Nonrenewable Resources

In order to better understand the natural resources of the United States, students gather information about different types of natural resources and how they are used. They read and discuss a nonfiction text and participate in a whole-class discussion to build foundational knowledge.

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Natural Resources Investigation

How do we use natural resources? Students investigate a natural resource, then share their findings with peers so that the class can discover how humans use different resources to meet needs and wants, and how their use impacts the environment.

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Natural Resources Investigation (Digging Deeper)

This lesson extends the previous lesson by giving students the opportunity to conduct additional research about a selected natural resource on their own or with a partner. They can use this information to promote responsible use of a particular resource in the next lessons. Select this extension to provide additional opportunities to grapple with nonfiction texts, as well as additional research time.

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Natural Resource Mini-Poster (Checkpoint Assessment)

Through this Essential Question, students have explored natural resources. This final lesson may be used as a checkpoint assessment of cumulative learning throughout this Essential Question. Here, students work individually or in pairs to advocate for the responsible use of a particular natural resource. They design a Mini-Poster that promotes their position.

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Natural Resources of the US

Essential Question

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How can we use natural resources responsibly?

Students investigate natural resources, distinguishing between renewable and non-renewable forms. They create an argument for the responsible use of a resource, designing Mini-Posters to support their position.

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