In this set of activities adaptable for grades K-3, parents and educators will find ideas for teaching about natural resources. These activities are designed to complement the BrainPOP Jr. Natural Resources topic page, which includes a movie, quizzes, online games, printable activities, and more.
Classroom Activities for Teaching Natural Resources
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Find ways in the classroom to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Brainstorm different ideas together and have students create guidebooks to distribute to fellow students and family members. You can find ways to reduce waste in your school, and reuse materials to conserve natural resources. If possible, start a recycling drive and challenge students to see how much they can recycle. Nearly everything we use can be reduced, reused, or recycled!
What Comes from Trees?
Challenge your students to figure out what comes from trees. The answers will startle them! Trees are a very important natural resource. Did your students know that items like chewing gum, hair spray, shoe polish and turpentine all come from trees? Encourage students to learn other products that are made from trees, by doing research on the Internet or at the library. Trees give animals food and shelter, and also provide us with many things, including fresh air, so it’s important to conserve them. If possible, plant trees in your school campus or in the community.
Family and Homeschool Activities for Teaching Natural Resources
Remind your child that people convert fossil fuels into electricity or natural gas to power and heat homes. Fossil fuels, however, are non-renewable resources so it’s important to conserve them as much as possible. Find ways to cut down on your energy use. Together unplug appliances that you do not use often. Many appliances still use energy when they are turned off but still plugged into the wall socket: computers, TVs, DVDs and sound systems are notorious “energy vampires.” When getting around town, walk, ride a bike, or take public transportation instead of driving. Even cutting down one car trip will conserve fossil fuels and save money.
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Cut down on waste using reusable items. Together find an item in your home that you can reuse instead of throwing it away. Then brainstorm ways you can reuse the items. For example, a chipped cup can be used as a container for pens and pencils, a flower pot, a mixing receptacle for paint, a rain gauge, etc. Encourage your child to be creative!