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Natural Resources

TEKS Objective

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. 

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Essential Understanding

The student conducts classroom and outdoor investigations following home and school safety procedures and uses environmentally appropriate and responsible practices. 

Science Background

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.

Conservation of Resources

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.

Learn the Issues
US Environmental Protection Agency ,

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.

Wastes - What You Can Do
United States Environmental Protection Agency,

Signature Lesson

Make Clean Water: (website) – Students clean muddy water by filtering it through gravel and sand, learning about the origins of potable water in the process.

Make Clean Water

Supporting Lessons

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.

Who Left The Lights On?
EarthCare Canada,

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.

Natural Earth Materials- Rocks, Soil and Water
Baylor College of Medicine,

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.

Our Melting Ice Cube
California Coastal Commission,

Assessment Ideas

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.

Kids and Conservation
Clark County Soil and Water Conservation District,

Literature Connections

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 

Related Science TEKS

(K.2A) Ask Questions
The student is expected to ask questions about organisms, objects, and events observed in the natural world.

(K.2D) Record and Organize Data & Observations
The student is expected to record and organize data and observations using pictures, numbers, and words.

(K.2E) Communicate Observations
The student is expected to communicate observations with others about simple descriptive investigations. 

Related Math TEKS

K.8A   Describe and identify an object by its attributes using informal language (including shape, size, type, color, texture, or use).

K.13B Solve problems with guidance that incorporates the processes of understanding the problem, making a plan, carrying out the plan, and evaluating the solution for reasonableness.

K.15A Justify his or her thinking using objects, words, pictures, numbers, and technology. 

Additional Resources

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”!

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Kids' Pages,

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.

Recycling, Using and Saving Energy
Energy Kids, US Energy Information Administration,

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.

Wastes-Resource Conservation
Environmental Protection Agency,

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