Earth's Resources

We are officially half-way through January and this is my first blog post of 2016, yikes! This month I have found myself creating lots of materials to teach science. I have always enjoyed teaching science because it is so hands-on and fun for the kids! 

We have been learning about Earth's resources and how we can use them. I created this flip book to get us through our study. It was so nice to have everything in one place for the entire unit. I love using flip books, but it's important that they are interactive for the students. 

We focused on rocks, soil and water. 

We started with rocks! Each child had a hand lens and we played musical rocks. I turned on the music and the students passed around rocks. When the music stopped they could spend some time observing the rock in their hand. I think we could have played this game all day!

They also filled out a little Rock Report in the Rocks section of their flip book. They looked at the rock's color, texture, size and shape.

Next up was soil! I gave each student a Ziploc bag to collect a soil sample from their house. They were so excited to share their soil and tell us all about where it came from. It also made my life easier because I wasn't having to hunt for various soil samples to share with them.

We discussed that soil can be observed by looking at size, texture and color. Students drew three different soil samples in their flip book. 

This books was also a huge hit! 

It was perfect for first graders and told us about some of the gross things in dirt.

The last resource we learned about was water. These vocabulary flashcards are included with the flip book. They really got us talking about different bodies of water and our experiences with water.

We also wrote about the many uses of water!

If you are interested in purchasing this flip book to use with your little scientists, click HERE.

This flip book was such a hit that I decided to create another one for our next science unit on Objects in the Sky. I can't wait to start this unit tomorrow! It is available on TPT too! : ) 

1 comment

  1. Your wind the tides, geothermal heat (from the disintegration in the radioactive atoms inside Earth’s core) and the sun are just some of the Earth’s incredible natural resources that people can use to power our lives - but the Earth doesn’t simply just provide us having fuel for electrical energy and heat - there’s an array of other resources on offer all around us. Renewable resources tend to be living and thus can renew themselves assuming they may be not killed off or over harvested. Good examples of renewable sources are trees (forests and woodlands) crops, and livestock like seafood. Water and soil are also renewable sources, however they are classed because non-living. There are a lot of ways we can help to protect the environment with the Earth’s natural resources in this homes - and in some cases better, many of these can be changed into fun, educational and interesting activities for the complete family.

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