Better understand natural resources, and explain the difference between renewable and non-renewable resources and apply their knowledge.
Students discuss the meanings of renewable and non-renewable natural resources and will understand how people have used those resources. They will also draw a diagram of the water cycle.
- Diagram of water cycle
- Crayons or colored pencils
- Preparation Time: 5 minutes
- Class Time: 45 minutes
- Explain the definition of natural resources.
- Discuss natural resources as a class:
- How do we use natural resources today?
- Why were natural resources important to the world one hundred years ago?
- How are natural resources important to the world today?
- Explain renewable natural resources and renewable energy resources.
- Ask students to name some renewable resources that they have seen used around them.
- “Water as a Renewable Resource” Activity:
- Ask students to draw and label the water cycle
- Question: How can you tell by looking at the diagram that water is a renewable resource?
- Explain non-renewable natural resources and non-renewable energy sources.
- Ask students to name some examples of non-renewable energy resources.
- Explain that when students are visiting Hanford Mills Museum they will see resources being used.
- Ask students to learn the meaning of these terms during their visit to the museum: headrace, tailrace, millrace, and millpond.
- This may also be a good time to cover the Pre-Visit Orientation Activity.
- OPTIONAL: Consider asking students to bring notebooks with them to Hanford Mills Museum to record the natural resources used, and whether those natural resources were renewable or non-renewable.
Questions to Ask:
- • Participation in class discussion (listening and speaking)
- Finished water cycle diagram.
- ELA Standard 1
- Math, Science and Tech. Standard 1
- Math, Science and Tech. Standard 4
NYS Learning Standards:
Vocabulary & Spelling Words
Energy Resources – n. sources of usable power, such as fossil fuel, electricity, water, wind, or solar radiation.
Headrace – n. the race, flume, or channel leading to a water wheel or a millpond.
Millpond – n. a pond for supplying water to drive a mill wheel.
Natural Resources – n. the natural wealth of a country, consisting of land, forests, mineral deposits, water, etc.
Non-renewable – adj. something that cannot be restored or replenished.
Renewable – adj. something that can be restored or replenished.
Resource – n. a source of supply, support, or aid, especially one that can be readily used when needed.
Tailrace – n. the race, flume, or channel leading away from a waterwheel or the mill.
Water cycle – n. the route of water movement from the oceans to the air, to the Earth, and return to the air.