Natural resource use lesson plans

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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears

The study of natural resources, including renewable and nonrenewable energy sources, is a great cross-curricular unit. Uniting science, social studies, and other subject areas, it can also be framed in the context of your state or community.

Earth Echo

EarthEcho International’s Educator Resources are a collection of videos, lesson plans, and other materials designed to support high-quality classroom experiences. They are unique tools to assist educators as they equip young people to explore and protect their local natural resources. Many of the resources are designed to satisfy Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.

EnviroAtlas Education Materials

EnviroAtlas tools can be used in both formal and informal educational settings. There are ready-made lesson plans for every grade level, from kindergarten through undergraduate. All lessons are aligned with Next Generation and State Science Standards for each grade in the Appendix. Watch short videos on the lesson plans and access them below.

Elementary GLOBE

Elementary GLOBE is designed to introduce students in grades K-4 to the study of Earth system science.The Teacher Implementation Guide provides an overview of Elementary GLOBE, the connections that the curriculum makes to literacy, the use of science journals, elementary science inquiry, standards alignment, and connections to other parts of elementary curriculum.

Translated versions: GLOBE makes every effort to provide translations of our materials in the official U. N. languages. Currently, Elementary GLOBE materials are available in Arabic, English, French, German, Norwegian, and Spanish.|| STEAM, E-Books,

Footprint Calculator

Uses simple language and graphics to determine the resources needed for one individual Global Footprint Network, an international nonprofit organization founded in 2003,envisions a future where all can thrive within the means of our one planet.We enable our vision through our mission: to help end ecological overshoot by making ecological limits central to decision-making.

Global Dimension / UK

This platform brings together resources, case studies and background information to help teachers and other educators bring a global dimension to their work.

Go Green Initiative

The Go Green Initiative is a global environmental education program that trains teachers and volunteers in schools to conserve natural resources for future generations and protect human health through environmental stewardship. We provide free and continual instruction for volunteers in all 50 U.S. states and 73 countries, teaching them to integrate environmental education into existing curriculum and quantify the environmental impact of their conservation efforts.

Natural Resources on Earth - NASA

This 5-E lesson plan helps students identify natural resources on Earth, natural resources that help seeds and plants grow, and plants that provide food for humans. Student sheets include booklets that students complete and assemble about Natural Environment, Seeds on Our Earth, and Plants. Rubrics and national education standards are also included.

Natural Resources - Royal Geographic Society

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the global distribution of natural resources, and the international relationships these resources generate and some of the key issues related to the use of natural resources. It also provides a framework for understanding the relative importance of different types of natural resources for human activity. Students will develop their knowledge of distribution of resources, issues related to the abundance or shortage of resources, and how natural resources influence international relationships, as well as how events can affect the value of resources. Ultimately students will gain an appreciation for the variegated nature of natural resource distribution but also an awareness of the interrelated nature of human activity and the physical environment.

Penn State- Department of Agriculture Science

This educator resources and youth publication site provides educational curricula in sustainable forestry, natural resources, water, earth sciences, and wildlife.


Welcome to Resources for Rethinking. provides immediate access to more than 1000 quality classroom resources. Developed by Learning for a Sustainable Future, connects teachers to lesson plans, books, videos and other materials that explore the environmental, social and economic dimensions of important issues and events unfolding in our world today. R4R resources have been reviewed by experienced classroom teachers and matched to relevant curriculum outcomes for each province and territory.

Southeastern (US) Forests and Climate Change

Climate change impacts on forest ecosystems the role of forests in sequestering carbon, and strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to changing climatic conditions. The module explores these concepts in 14 experiential activities (see details below) by using research related to the goals of PINEMAP—a regional research, education, and extension program focused on southern pine management and climate change.

Sustainable Development Solutions Network - A global Initiative for the United Nations

The SDG Academy is SDSN's flagship education initiative. We bring together the world’s experts to create and deliver educational content on critical issues for the future of people and planet, including health, education, climate change, agriculture and food systems, and sustainable investment.

The Story of Stuff

Made in collaboration with Facing the Future, “Buy, Use, Toss?” is an interdisciplinary unit that includes ten fully-planned lessons.This unit is correlated with national high school science and social studies standards and will lead your students through an exploration of the system of producing and consuming goods that is called the materials economy. Students will learn about the five major steps of the materials economy; Extraction, Production, Distribution, Consumption, and Disposal. They will also be asked to analyze the sustainability of these steps, determining how consumption can benefit people, economies, and environments.

Think Earth Environmental Education Foundation

The Think Earth mission is to help communities create and maintain a sustainable environment through education. We seek, initiate, and oversee environmental projects and partnerships among stakeholders from the business, education, government, and public sectors. These partnerships result in tangible ways for people to Think Earth, that is, for people to: conserve natural resources (e.g., water, energy, habitat) reduce waste (e.g., recycle, repair, and reuse products) minimize pollution (e.g., air, water, land)