Blueprint Skills

Key:  I=Introduced, D=Developing, M=Mastered, A=Assessed

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Kindergarten Earth Resources

The student will investigate the properties, uses, and conservation of earth’s resources.

I

Recognize a variety of earth materials (e.g., rocks, pebbles, and sand).

Teaching the Rock Cycle with Marshmallow Fudge

I

Classify objects as natural or manmade.

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Grade 1 Earth Resources

 

The student will investigate the properties, uses, and conservation of earth’s resources.

D

Use observable properties to distinguish among a variety of earth materials.

Protect Our Earth

http://www.clydeaustin4hcenter.com/CampExplore/default.htm

 

D

Identify ways that earth resources benefit man.

The Earth

 

 

Grade 2 Earth Resources

The student will investigate the properties, uses, and conservation of earth’s resources.

 

I

Recognize the components of soil and sand.

BBC Schools:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks2bitesize/science/living_things.shtml

I

Observe the properties of sand and soil.

BBC Schools:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks2bitesize/science/living_things.shtml

D

Identify various methods to conserve earth resources (e.g., soil, trees, and water).

BBC Schools:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks2bitesize/science/living_things.shtml

 

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Grade 3 Earth Resources
 

The student will investigate the properties, uses, and conservation of earth’s resources.

I

Explain the relationship between rocks and minerals.

Rocks and Minerals Gallery

Rocks and Minerals Slide Show

Mind Boggling Rock Activity

D

Identify common types of rocks.

Rock Cycle Song

Kids in the Hall of Planet Earth: Rocks in Your Cabinet Grade 3+

The Rock Cycle Game

Bitesize Revision http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks2bitesize/science/activities/rocks_soils.shtml

Name That Rock http://www.edu.pe.ca/southernkings/facegame3.htm

 

D

Identify materials and resources that can be reused.

Recycling Coloring Pages
Eco Fast Facts
Recycle City 
Thomas Recycling Kids Page
Kids Recycle
EPA Recycling

A

Identify an object as natural or man-made.

Third Grade Science Jeopardy Game

A

Recognize the properties used to identify specific earth materials.

A

Identify methods for conserving natural resources.

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Grade 4 Earth Resources

 

The student will investigate the properties, uses, and conservation of earth’s resources.

D

Classify earth materials according to their use.

Lesson Plan Geology

A

Choose the appropriate use for an earth material.

Earth Materials Writing Prompts

I

Identify the different components of soil.

The Great Plant Escape

A

Identify the basic characteristics of soil.

The Dirt on Soil

http://school.discovery.com/schooladventures/soil/

A

Distinguish between renewable and nonrenewable resources.

Renewable and Nonrenewable

http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/world/nres.html

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Grade 5 Earth Resources

 

The student will investigate the properties, uses, and conservation of earth’s resources.

D

Choose the appropriate use for an earth material (e.g., fuel, monument, and house foundation).

Earth's Resources
Lesson Plan Geology

A

Select a diagram that illustrates the most appropriate use of an earth material.

Earth's Resources

Internet Resource:  http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/world/nres.html

D

Describe the process of soil formation.

Soil Layers

A

Select the soil characteristics that best support plant growth.

The Dirt on Soil

Kid’s Valley Soil: http://www.copper-tree.ca/garden/soil.html

Internet Resource:  http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/feature/education/squirm/skworm.html

 

A

Recognize the impact of society's use of nonrenewable resources over time.

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Grade 8 Earth Resources

 

The student will investigate the properties, uses, and conservation of earth’s resources.

A

Distinguish between renewable and nonrenewable resources.

Nonrenewable Resources

D

Distinguish among common minerals found in rock samples using test kits, descriptive charts, etc.

Geology Quiz

Rock and Mineral Reference Sheet

A

Identify rocks and minerals given a table of physical properties.

Rocks and Minerals

D

Describe how various minerals are used.

What is a Mineral?

 

Label a diagram depicting the processes of the rock cycle.

The Rock Cycle

A

Identify factors that cause rocks to break down.

Rock Cycle

Geology Rock Cycle

Building Up, Breaking Down Lesson Plan

A

Distinguish among sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks and interpret a simple rock cycle diagram.

Rocks and Minerals

M

Explain how fossils are used to understand the earth’s past.

Geo Mysteries

A

Infer that human activities may be helpful or harmful to the environment.

Endangered, Exploring A World At Risk

D

Research how technological advances have impacted the environment (e.g., the use of fertilizers, and fossil fuels).

Our Technology World

A

Identify various energy sources.

D

Analyze aspects of energy consumption by society.

D

Evaluate the effectiveness of various conservation strategies on the earth’s energy and natural resources.

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Lesson Plans & Activities
  1. Kids in the Hall of Planet Earth: Rocks in Your Cabinet Grade 3+
  2. Sink or Swim Grade 2+
  3. Unit 3D Earth's Resources Grade 3
  4. Earth's Land Resources Grade 4
  5. All About Natural Resources Grade 2+
  6. Natural Resources Grade 3+
  7. ABC's OF THE ENVIRONMENT Grade 3+
  8. Writing Across the Curriculum Earth Day

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Topics
  1. Earth 911
  2. Need Water?
  3. How Rocks Form
  4. Savage Earth
  5. Our Packed Planet
  6. The Dirt on Soil
  7. Kids Ecology Corps
  8. Natural Resource Defense Council
  9. Saving Energy
  10. Rotten Truth About Garbage
  11. Solid Waste and Recycling
  12. Planet Pals
  13. Environmental Explorers Club
  14. Eco-Cycle school recycling kit
  15. Endangered, Exploring A World At Risk

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Interactive Websites for Students
  1. What on Earth!
  2. Brain Pop:  Humidity
  3. Brain Pop:  Rock Cycle
  4. Recycle City
  5. EIA Kids Page
  6. Energy Quiz
  7. Energy Ant's Coloring Book
  8. Paper U
  9. Thomas' Recycling
  10. Roscoe's Recycle Room
  11. Kids Recycle
  12. Earth Day
  13. Ecology Strikes Back
  14. Dumptown
  15. Science Songs  (Right-click and choose "Save Target" or "Save Link" to download a copy of the song)
    Science Songs for Teaching 
    (Right-click and choose "Save Target" or "Save Link" to download a copy of the song)

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Worksheets
  1. Recycling Coloring Pages
  2. Eco Fast Facts

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Connie Campbell               Jefferson County Schools