Natural Resource Activity Packet

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1. Where is the Water on Earth? A teacher led demonstration with student activity sheets that shows the distribution of the world’s water (ocean, ice caps, ground water, rivers and lakes). Includes template for a pie chart that shows the proportions of land, ocean, and fresh water.

2. Parts of the Earth Sort Students place 16 images into the geosphere, biosphere, atmosphere, and hydrosphere. Includes coloring worksheet, English-Spanish translation worksheet, word source worksheet.

3. Chocolate Chip Mining. A fun hands-on activity where students simulate mining “coal” chocolate chips from cookies! Directions and student activity worksheet provided where students calculate the costs associated with mining which includes fines for environmental damage. This resource also offers document camera notes and images on coal: simply print and use.

4. Renewable or Nonrenewable Sort Cards 24 sort cards for renewable and nonrenewable energy. With student recording sheet and answer key.

5. Renewable and Nonrenewable Worksheets set includes a matching worksheet, renewable and nonrenewable Venn Diagram, energy resource comparative chart, crossword puzzle, and a T-chart. Answer keys included.

6. Energy Pie Charts a template for a pie chart that shows the percentages of energy use in the US.

7. Water Filtration Columns students construct water filtration columns using simple materials. Students can measuring how fast water can flow through each column. The packet also includes an inquiry activity where students filter a vinegar solution to determine if filtering can remove acid (litmus or pH paper required).

8. Solar Pizza Box Oven Instructions to make a oven out of a pizza box that uses the energy of the sun. Recipes for smores, nachos, and mini-pizzas are provided.


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Obtain and combine information to describe that energy and fuels are derived from natural resources and that their uses affect the environment. Examples of renewable energy resources could include wind energy, water behind dams, and sunlight; non-renewable energy resources are fossil fuels and fissile materials. Examples of environmental effects could include loss of habitat due to dams, loss of habitat due to surface mining, and air pollution from burning of fossil fuels.
Develop a model using an example to describe ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and/or atmosphere interact. Examples could include the influence of the ocean on ecosystems, landform shape, and climate; the influence of the atmosphere on landforms and ecosystems through weather and climate; and the influence of mountain ranges on winds and clouds in the atmosphere. The geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere are each a system. Assessment is limited to the interactions of two systems at a time.
Describe and graph the amounts of salt water and fresh water in various reservoirs to provide evidence about the distribution of water on Earth. Assessment is limited to oceans, lakes, rivers, glaciers, ground water, and polar ice caps, and does not include the atmosphere.


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