In this lesson, you will identify water and land as examples of natural resources investigate sources of water and identify some ways in which humans make use of water as an economic resource, specifically for agriculture, transportation and recreation.
- Watch a movie clip of the earth or view an image of the earth . Identify the areas of water and the areas of land visible on the Earth's surface. Humans created neither the land nor the water. They are "gifts of nature" which humans are able to use. Where do we find water on the Earth?
- The photographs on the websites listed below show some of the ways in which we use water as an economic resource. What are the different ways in which water is being used in these photographs?
- Draw an example of water being used in one of these ways.
- We also use water when we make other products. Ask your parents to help you find something with water listed as an ingredient.
- Learn about other natural resources, such as woodlands. Websites at www.afandpa.org/ and www.idahoforests.org provide a starting point with information and ideas concerning forests and products made from wood.
- Take a class field trip to visit a water mill and learn about how water can be used as a source of energy. Information on working water mills can be found on the internet, for example at www.old-engine.com/hanford.htm , http://members.aol.com/mckinmill/index.htm , and www.nebraskahistory.org/sites/mill/moreinfo.htm
- Study the water cycle or learn about water conservation. The websites at http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/ and www.epa.gov/ow/kids.html provide information and ideas.