Now more than ever, our children should learn about natural resources. These free printables about natural resources will make a great science unit to teach your children about the valuable resources made from the earth.
Living in a second world country, we think about our natural resources a lot. Natural resources are vital to the livelihoods of smaller countries.
We think of how we can conserve our water and energy sources. We also think about how to produce more resources, while not disturbing and even helping the growth of our natural resources.
What are the natural resources?
A natural resource is considered something that is already found on the earth and used by people for sustainability. Earth’s natural resources include sources like light, air, water, plants, soil, animals, minerals, and fossil fuels.
Some or most of these natural resources help us stay alive and make our lives better. Some countries have really cool and printable resources like diamonds and oil.
When a country has a lot of natural resources, it can leverage its resources for sale and bring in income to the country.
Types of natural resources:
Natural resources can be broken up into two types, renewable resources and nonrenewable resources.
In the country where I live now, I was contracted by the Australian government to manage a few programs that provided renewable energy to the outer islands. It was one of the most interesting things I have ever done in my career.
That is why I say years ago I wouldn’t have known much about natural resources. Thankfully I was able to learn loads of information about a particular renewable resource in energy. The energy comes from sunlight.
Renewable resources can never be depleted, they keep on producing like I mentioned sunlight, and others are water and air.
Nonrenewable resources include things like soil, stones, oil, and gases. They are considered nonrenewable resources because we use them up way more than they are being produced.
I am not a Save-the-Earth fanatic, because I know the Lord has creation in His hands. I find comfort in that whatever happens to the Earth; he allows it to happen. There is vast peace in knowing God.
He also tells us to take good care of it. Don’t believe me? Check out these Bible verses:
Genesis 2:15, “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and keep it.”
Genesis 1:26, “Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
Revelation 11:18, “The nations raged, but your wrath came, and the time for the dead to be judged, and for rewarding your servants, the prophets and saints, and those who fear your name, both small and great, and for destroying the destroyers of the earth.”
Proverbs 27:18, “Whoever tends a fig tree will eat its fruit, and he who guards his master will be honored.”
Numbers 35:33, “You shall not pollute the land in which you live, for blood pollutes the land, and no atonement can be made for the land for the blood that is shed in it, except by the blood of the one who shed it.”
Psalm 24:1, “A Psalm of David. The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world, and those who dwell therein.”
God commands us to take care of our land. Let us help our children take steps to be aware of the natural resources around them, and how we can do our little part to help somehow.
Teach your kids all about the beautiful elements created by God. We can teach them to be people who take care of the land the Lord has put us in.
Here are a few resources to help you teach about natural resources in your homeschool:
Natural Resources of the Earth | Eco-Friendly Kids
Engaging Ways To Teach Natural Resources | Priceless Ponderings
Science Video for Kids: Natural Resources of the Earth | Turtlediary
10 Inspiring Natural Resources Activities | The Discovery Apple
Natural resource facts for kids | Kiddle
You might be interested in our Nature Notebook, a companion to Nature Anatomy by Julia Rothman.
Use these free printables about natural resources to go alongside your lessons.
20 Natural Resources Printables | Education.com
FREE Natural Resources Test | Help Teaching
Natural Resources Bingo and Printable Cards | California Academy of Sciences
Lesson Natural Resources on Earth | NASA.gov
FREE Natural Resources Activities and FREE Natural Resource Vocab Cards | Priceless Ponderings
Natural Resources FREE Lesson Plan | Education.com
FREE Natural Resources Task Cards | Stephanie Elkowitz
Natural Resources FREE Worksheets | PK-3 Resources
Natural Resources FREE Unit Bundle | Stephanie Elkowitz
Sample Natural Resources Science Notebook Photos | The Science Penguin
FREE Natural Resources Powerpoint | Third-A-Palooza
Manmade vs. Natural Resources FREE Magazine Activity | Cornett’s Creations
Natural Resources Google Drive Lesson Bundle | Stephanie Elkowitz
FREE 1st SCENE from Readers Theater Script: Natural Resources and Conservation | The RTSHOP Scripts in English and Spanish
Natural Resources Task Cards | Wyze Learning
Brochure Project for Location, Climate, and Natural Resources of Europe | Brandon Whitworth
Natural Resources Debate Intro Lesson | Owlet Resources
Man-Made vs. Natural Materials FREE Worksheet | Teach Starter
FREE Natural Resources Graphic Organizer | Katie’s Kiddos
Natural Resources FREE Scavenger Hunt | Care Free Teaching
Natural Resources (Animals) Powerpoint *EDITABLE* *FREE* | Miss Molly’s Room
Natural Resources and Man-Made Objects | CleverLearner
Natural Resource Printables
Check out our Geology Fact Cards Set – Students will learn about 12 different types of rocks and 8 different gemstones and minerals using the Geology Fact Cards set (not free).
FREE Rock & Mineral Journal | Homeschool Helper Online
Renewable Resources and Nonrenewable Resources | Education.com
40 + Resources for Rocks and Minerals | Something2Offer
Solar Oven Project with FREE Printables | Jennifer Findley
FREE Rocks And Minerals Printables And Montessori-Inspired Rocks And Minerals Activities | Living Montessori Now
Printable Water Cycle Worksheets + Diagrams | Itsy Bitsy Fun
We use a lot of electricity and water. We may not really understand the need to conserve it if we live in a first-world country.
However, we should be learning about what we can do to cut down and be aware of the natural resources the Lord has provided us. We may not always have the luxury to access all the natural resources we have today.
Here are a few practical things we can do today, right now, to cut down on our natural resource consumption:
Water consumption reduction:
1. Turn off the water when you brush your teeth.
2. Collect your shower water in a bin instead of having it go down the drain. Use it to water your potted or garden plants.
3. If you have a backyard, consider getting a water barrel to collect water. You can use it for so many things like watering plants, washing your car, washing non-consumables, etc.
4. Drink more water! Yes, drinking more water is still so much less than the water you use to make tea, coffee, and other drinks.
Check out this water footprint calculator to test how you are fairing with your water consumption.
1. Make it a habit to turn off all lights in your home, that you are now using.
2. Shut down your computers at night, so monitors aren’t running.
3. If you can remember, purchase Energy Star certified electronics to ensure you are consuming the least amount of energy with your appliances.
4. Use power strips to reduce the amount of load on your electrical plug.
5. Use fans instead of Air Conditioning (A/C) where you can. (I don’t have to worry about that, no A/C/ in my home.
6. Stay warm with blankets instead of putting on the hat as much as you can stand.
Take the carbon footprint challenge. All of us can do our part, one family at a time.
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!