Grade Levels: K-3

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

Energy Saver

Remind your child that people convert fossil fuels into electricity or natural gas to power and heat homes. Fossil fuels, however, are non-renewable resources so it’s important to conserve them as much as possible. Find ways to cut down on your energy use. Together unplug appliances that you do not use often. Many appliances still use energy when they are turned off but still plugged into the wall socket: computers, TVs, DVDs and sound systems are notorious “energy vampires.” When getting around town, walk, ride a bike, or take public transportation instead of driving. Even cutting down one car trip will conserve fossil fuels and save money.

One Hundred Ways

Cut down on waste using reusable items. Together find an item in your home that you can reuse instead of throwing it away. Then brainstorm ways you can reuse the items. For example, a chipped cup can be used as a container for pens and pencils, a flower pot, a mixing receptacle for paint, a rain gauge, etc. Encourage your child to be creative!