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In this lesson, students 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.
View an image of the earth . Tell the children that they are going to view a image of the Earth viewed from space. Give them time to view the image and then ask them to identify the areas of water and the areas of land visible on the Earth’s surface. Stress the fact that humans created neither the land nor the water. They are “gifts of nature” which humans are able to use. Ask the following question: Where do we find water on the Earth? [Note down the water sources as the children name them. For example, oceans, rivers, streams, lakes, underground supplies.]
Give the children time to examine the photos and then discuss their findings of what water is used for.
Ask the children to draw an example of water being used in one of these ways.
As the children complete their pictures they can post their drawings on to the appropriate chart. Discuss the charts with the class once they are completed.
Comment that we also use water when we make other products eg. paint. Ask the children to look at items at home, with the help of their parent, and to find some with water listed as an ingredient. Ask them to bring one such item in to school and then create a display using all the products brought in.