Science - 2019-20

1.8 - Earth Resources

The student will investigate and understand that natural resources can be used responsibly. Key concepts include

a)  most natural resources are limited;

  • identify natural resources such as plants, animals, water, air, land, forests, minerals, and soil. Bloom's Level: Knowledge

b)  human actions can affect the availability of natural resources; and

c)  reducing, reusing, and recycling are ways to conserve natural resources.

  • compare and contrast ways of conserving resources.  Bloom's Level: Analysis
  • determine a resource in the school or home that may be conserved.  Students will brainstorm solutions to address the issue, and implement a plan to address the concern. Bloom's Level: Understand / Apply


Adopted: 2018

BIG IDEAS

Our natural resources, including clean water, clean air, and undeveloped land are limited.  If we want to enjoy these resources in the future, we need to take care of them now.

UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD

  • Natural resources are limited and should be conserved.
  • Natural resources are resources that people use for daily life and may be limited in nature.
  • There are a variety of natural resources which include plants, animals, water, land, minerals, forests,and soil  Many of these are limited.
  • The decisions that people make about using natural resources makes a difference in how long natural resources last.
  • What we put into the air, especially the products of the fuels we burn, affects the quality of the air. Waste produced by animals, including humans, and factories can affect the quality of water. Some pollution washes from yards, streets, and farms.
  • Natural resources can be conserved by reducing our use of materials, reusing items, or recycling.
  • Recycling recovers used materials. Many materials can be recycled and used again, sometimes in different forms. Recycling helps to save our natural resources. An example of a recycled material is newspapers that are turned into writing tablets.
  • Reusing materials means using them more than once. Examples include using dishes and utensils that are washed after use rather than using paper plates and plastic utensils and putting them in the trash.
  • Resources will last longer if we recycle them, reuse them, or reduce consumption of them.

ESSENTIALS

Essential Skills:

·  How can we identify natural resources?

·  How does pollution affect air and water quality?

·  What can you do to help conserve natural resources?


In order to meet this standard, it is expected that students will

  • identify natural resources such as plants and animals, water, air, land, minerals, forests, and soil.
  • recognize that many natural resources are limited.
  • compare and contrast ways of conserving resources. This includes recycling, reusing, and reducing consumption of natural resources.
  • identify a resource in the school or at home that may be conserved.
  • communicate and implement a solution to address how an identified resource from home or school can be conserved.

KEY VOCABULARY

air

animals

classify

community

compare

conservation

conserve

contrast

forests

fresh water

improve

lake

land

limited

minerals

natural resources

observe

parks

plants

pollution

predict

prevent

record

recycle

reduce

reuse

river

runoff

soil

stream

water

water

water quality

wildlife

Updated: Oct 07, 2019