In this economics lesson, students will research natural resources and illustrate how they are used to provide goods and services.
Open the PPT slides and project the slides on a projector screen. Introduce the lesson by showing the class slide #2 with pictures of a tree, coal and water. Ask students the following question:
1. What do these three things have in common?
Field answers and guide the discussion to the answer by stating that they are all examples of natural resources. Explain that natural resources are sometimes called “gifts of nature” that can be used to make goods or provide services people want.
Distribute a copy of What Makes Up a Pencil worksheet. Have students complete the handout on the natural resources needed to make a pencil. To help students, display slide #4 on the projector screen.
Write the following statement on the board. Have students complete the statement below and submit their answer.
We use ______ (natural resource) from ______ (state) to make _________ (good or service).
Have the students watch the YouTube video Thomas Thwaites: How I Built a Toaster-From Scratch. This video explains how he gathered the resources needed to make a toaster from scratch as a way to illustrate how complex the manufacturing process can be for resources used to make even “simple” household appliances.
Provide students with one-on-one devices or have them work as a group in front of desktop computers. Open the Matching Natural Resources Activity. Review the answers to the activity as a class.