Natural Resources

How do we use natural resources? In this movie, you’ll learn about renewable and non-renewable resources. You'll find out how we depend on natural resources and how we are using up many resources faster than they can be replaced. You’ll learn how we burn fossil fuels like coal and oil for energy. Did you know that fossil fuels are formed in the earth and are made from remains of plants and animals? You'll find out how people are changing the environment by polluting the land, air, and water. Plants and animals are becoming threatened, endangered, or even extinct! But people can protect natural resources and save energy with solar and wind power. Learn how you can conserve, by reducing, reusing, and recycling items like glass, paper, plastic, and metal. What else can you do to protect the environment and keep our planet clean?

Natural Resources Background Information for Teachers, Parents and Caregivers

This page provides information to support educators and families in teaching K-3 students about natural resources. It is designed to complement the Natural Resources topic page on BrainPOP Jr. See more »

Classroom Activities: Natural Resources

These classroom activities are designed to complement the Natural Resources topic on BrainPOP Jr. See more »

Family and Homeschool Activities: Natural Resources

These family and homeschool activities are designed to complement the Natural Resources topic on BrainPOP Jr. See more »

Differentiated Lesson Plan for Recycling: Make a Map

In this lesson plan which is adaptable for grades 2-5, students use BrainPOP resources (including the Make-A-Map concept mapping tool and GameUp) to explore how they can recycle in their community. See more »

Earth Awareness Lesson Plan: What’s Your Cause?

In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 3-8, students choose an area of earth awareness that is of interest to them and use BrainPOP resources to explore the topic in-depth. Students will use internet resources to conduct their research and use PowerPoint to communicate what they learned. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

The Environmental Cost of Oil Lesson Plan: How Oil Production Can Impact Oceans

In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades K-5, students use BrainPOP Jr. and/or BrainPOP resources to learn the environmental cost of oil, and that that the ocean is a complex ecosystem that is home to a variety of animals and plant life. Students will make and test predictions about how oil and pollutants react with water, and explain how pollutants such as oil significantly impact humans and the environment. Students then work in cooperative learning groups to create a project that demonstrates what they have learned. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »
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