The student is expected to demonstrate how to use, conserve, and dispose of natural resources and materials such as conserving water and reusing or recycling paper, plastic, and metal.
The student conducts classroom and outdoor investigations following home and school safety procedures and uses environmentally appropriate and responsible practices.
Conservation of Resources: McGraw-Hill (PDF) – This article describes the conservation of both renewable and nonrenewable natural resources, discussing a wide range of topics from fossil fuel consumption to ecologically friendly agricultural practices.
Learn the Issues: US Environmental Protection Agency (website) - Comprehensive resource for solid information about a wide variety of environmental topics, current events, FAQs, and more.
Wastes - What You Can Do: United States Environmental Protection Agency (website) - EPA is challenging all citizens to conserve our natural resources by committing to reduce, reuse, and recycle at home, at school and in your community.
Make Clean Water: Kindergarten-lessons.com (website) – Students clean muddy water by filtering it through gravel and sand, learning about the origins of potable water in the process.
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- Assessment Ideas
- Literature Connections
- Additional Resources
Who Left The Lights On? EarthCare Canada (website) – Students learn that energy comes from sources (such as coal) and therefore should be conserved whenever possible by turning off unused electronics and lights.
Natural Earth Materials - Rocks, Soil and Water: Baylor College of Medicine (PDF) - Observe and record examples of ways earth materials are useful, then discuss how to conserve these natural resources.
Elaboration Lessons and Extensions
Our Melting Ice Cube: California Coastal Commission Public Education Program (website) - Students create art depicting the path water travels before it reaches them, creating awareness that the world’s freshwater supply is limited and should be conserved.
Kids and Conservation: Clark County Soil and Water Conservation District (website) - Discuss the careful management and preservation of natural resources and the environment. Ask questions to assess your students understanding of conserving, recycling and reusing our natural resources.
Why Should I Protect Nature? Green, Jen. ISBN 13: 978-0764131547
Why Should I Save Water? Green, Jen. ISBN 13: 978-0764131578
Recycling Earth’s Resources. Webb, Barbara L. ISBN 13: 978-1615905386
Recycle! A Handbook for Kids. Gibbons, Gail. ISBN 13: 978-0316309431
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Kids’ Pages (website) - Kids learn a variety of ways they can follow the three “R’s”!
Recycling, Using and Saving Energy: Energy Kids, US Energy Information Administration (website) - It almost always takes less energy to make a product from recycled materials that it does to make it from new materials.
Wastes - Resource Conservation: Environmental Protection Agency (website) - Conserving resources and managing materials and waste are national priorities. Learn the fundamentals of reducing waste, reusing materials, and recycling specific wastes, and access a variety of tools to promote these practices.