One Forty to Fifty-Minute Class Period
The learner will:
- define natural resources and give examples.
- generate ideas of ways to conserve, preserve and protect our natural resources.
Students will take home the books they have made about protecting and preserving our natural resources. They will be sharing them with their families to remind them of this important citizen responsibility. A note will be sent home to parents to explain the expectations of their child in presenting the book to them.
Name three or four natural resources (water, coal, trees, copper) and ask students what they have in common.
- Read the book Our Planet: Earth. Pause at page 24. Ask and tell: What do the words “natural resources” mean? Hear student responses. Look at each word separately. What does “natural” mean? (It comes from nature.) What are “resources?” (things we use). Natural resources are things we use that come from nature. Ask: Does anyone remember what we learned about natural resources yesterday? (We all share our natural resources. It is everyone’s responsibility to take care of them.)
- Continue reading the book Our Planet: Earth. Pause again at pages 30 - 31 and ask, “What can you do?” As you read through the ideas on these two pages, brainstorm with students on other ways they could help.
- Trees - What else do we get from trees? (paper, wood, food like nuts and maple syrup) What else could you do to save trees? (Don’t waste paper; write on both sides of paper; recycle paper; be careful about forest fires.)
- Water - How do we use water? (drinking, washing, cooking) Can we live without water? (No)
Are there any other ways to save water besides what was named in the book? (take short showers; collect rain water to water your garden)
- Tell the class to think of some of the ways to take care of our natural resources. Ask: What ways would you like to share with your family? We will be making a “What We Can Do” book. Give each student the pre-made books to the students. Instruct the students to write the title “What We Can Do” and their name on the cover.
- On the three remaining pages in the book, tell the students to write and illustrate their conservation ideas. They must label the natural resource that they are addressing on each page before writing their helpful idea, e.g., Water is a natural resource. Don’t let the water run when you brush your teeth. Trees are a natural resource... Note: Kindergarten students could just illustrate their books and tell about their drawings. Second graders’ books could be made out of three pages of paper instead of two. This would give them five pages on which to write their conservation ideas.
- When the books are written and illustrated, break the class into groups of four. Tell the students that they will take their books home to share with their families. Instruct the students to practice reading their books to each other. At this time the teacher should model the delivery of the book while encouraging the students to be sure to tell about the natural resource being addressed. Distribute Sharing Our Learning Letter (see Attachment One) to all students and explain that it should be returned with a signature
Earthworks Group, The. 50 Simple Things Kids Can Do to Save the Earth. Earthworks Press, 1995. ISBN-13: 978-1879682603
Feder-Feitel, Lisa. Our Planet: Earth. New York: Scholastic, 1993.
Seuss, Dr. The Lorax. Random House Books for Young Readers, 1971. ISBN-13: 978-9650706005
Lesson Developed By:Lynn Chamberlain
My class has been learning about citizenship. We have learned that as an American citizen, we have certain rights and responsibilities. One of those responsibilities is to protect and preserve our natural resources.
My assignment in Part One is to read my book, What We Can Do! to you. I must remember to use the words natural resources to describe air, water, soil and trees. We will work together to complete Part Two.
I hope you enjoy my presentation. This sheet needs to be returned to school on :
Part One Objectives:
The learner will:
Please let me know if this homework was helpful to you and your child by writing YES or NO after each statement.
Your additional comments are always welcomed!
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