MS-ESS3-1 Uneven Distribution of Resources Lab Stations Activity

MS-ESS3-1 Uneven Distribution of Resources Lab Stations Activity
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About SNAPs Lab Stations Activities

SNAPs Lab Stations Activities require students to use science, math, literacy, problem-solving and engineering skills. They are designed to enhance students' understanding of scientific concepts and help students apply scientific ideas to the real world. Each station activity promotes skills so to develop students into proficient and competent scientific thinkers.

SNAPs lab activities have five components:

Science Skills Station to develop science skill proficiency

Narrative Station to build science literacy

Assessment Station to evaluate learning and understanding

Problem-Solving Station to foster engineering design

Synthesis/Summary Project to inspire higher-order learning

Important Notes:

• Download the FREE SNAPs Lab Stations Setup Guide for best practices, signage and editable grading rubrics

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A description of the activities at each station in this particular lab is detailed below.

Uneven Distribution of Resources Lab Stations Activity Learning Objectives:

1. Describe how natural resources are distributed unevenly on Earth.

2. Explain current and past geoscience processes that result in uneven distribution of resources on Earth.

3. Discuss the effects of uneven distribution of resources on Earth.

Science Skills Station

Students will graph the world oil production by region of the world. They will illustrate the location of where oil is produced in the world so to try and identify patterns in where they are found.

Narrative Station

Students will read an informational text about the cause and effects of uneven distribution of resources on Earth. They will also read about the distribution of natural resources on Earth and where important resources are found.

Assessment Station

At this station, students will answer questions about key terms and ideas relating to the uneven distribution of resources. Students will have to employ lower, mid and higher order thinking skills to answer these questions.

Problem-Solving Station

Students will identify and discuss problems associated with the uneven distribution of resources. Students will study past and current problems due to uneven distribution as well as constraints that limit how we deal with and solve these problems.

Synthesis/Summary Project

Students will have a choice of 11 projects. Refer to the SNAPs Lab Stations Best Practices and Setup Guide for directions and suggestions on how to conduct the project.


This laboratory satisfies NGSS MS-ESS3-1. It combines the three dimensions of science learning - science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas and crosscutting concepts - to meet the standard. This lab also makes interdisciplinary connections to STEM, Math CCSS and ELA CCSS to build the appropriate skills.

This download includes:

• A pre-lab assignment and post-lab reflection

• Directions and questions for each lab station

• Student recording sheets

• Teacher Key

Additional Materials Required:

2 Labeled world maps or computer with access to a map of the world

2 Sets of colored pencils


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Teaching Duration
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