Teaching Through Trade Books: Taking Note of Natural Resources by: Christine Anne Royce

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The idea of “going green” or being aware of and reducing our impact on natural resources is receiving a lot of attention these days. Schools are starting to employ “green” practices and are soliciting help from the students to be aware of and help reduce their environmental impact. The trade books chosen for this month’s issue examine the use of natural resources from two different perspectives—what we do with them and how they are depleted over time.

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  • on Fri Sep 12, 2014 12:51 PM

The two trade books included in this article describe nature but focus on the environment. Both are story based where a character in one creates a unique environment of one kind of plant and the other the other explores how individuals can change their actions to protect the environment. The first of the two activities asks students to look at what objects are made of. This is for grades K-3 grades. The second activity for grades 4-6 grade is called “Pasta Mining.” This activity allows students to simulate how natural resources are depleted. Both look fun and address the topic described.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Mon Nov 01, 2010 10:25 AM

This article gives examples of two great books that you can use to introduce the concept of natural resources, renewable and nonrenewable natural resources and resource depletion. The associated activities lend themselves to a discussion about resource depletion, management and conservation.

Kate Geer  (Louisville, CO)
Kate Geer (Louisville, CO)

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