Energy is an essential part of our daily lives, but the resources that power the Earth are being threatened. In this lesson, students learn about renewable and non-renewable resources, including those that need protection.
Students will be able to differentiate between renewable and non-renewable resources. Students will be able to classify resources as renewable or non-renewable.
Begin the lesson by flipping off the light in your classroom. Explain that in a world without energy, many of the things we depend on every day—including lights, cars, washing machines, and phones—would not exist.
Ask the class to explain what the word energy means. After some discussion, explain that energy refers to the power created by the use of resources.
Prompt the class to guess what the word renewable means. Explain that renewable refers to something that can be replaced.
Ask for a volunteer to tell you what the word non-renewable means, based on the use of the prefix non. If no one correctly defines it, explain that non-renewable refers to something that can't be replaced.