Natural Resources Science Games
In this series of games, your students will learn about energy and fuels that humans use, how they are derived from natural sources, and how their use affects the environment in multiple ways. Natural Resources learning objective — based on NGSS and state standards — delivers improved student engagement and academic performance in your classroom, as demonstrated by research.
Scroll down for a preview of this learning objective’s games and the concepts.
Natural resources are things in nature that humans use. Some examples of natural resources are water, animals, trees, plants, metals, minerals, rocks, soil, and fossil fuels. All of the energy and fuels that humans require to live come from natural resources. The use of non-renewable resources, such as fossil fuels, has positive and negative impacts on the environment. The use of renewable resources can have positive and negative effects on the environment.
Renewable resources are resources that can be replenished over the course of a human lifetime. Examples of renewable resources are wind, water, sunlight, plants, and animals. Non-renewable resources are resources that take an extremely long time to replenish, so they can run out if we use too much of them. Examples of non-renewable resources are fossil fuels and fissile materials. Fossil fuels include coal, natural gas, and oil. Fissile materials are radioactive materials, such as uranium, that can be used to harness nuclear energy.
A major impact of fossil fuels on the environment is that they pollute Earth’s air, land, and water. Pollution is a substance in the environment that is harmful to organisms on Earth. Regulating sources of pollution, such as emissions and runoff, are ways that communities can protect Earth’s resources and environments. New and improved technologies can help improve the environmental effects of energy resources. Individuals and communities can conserve natural resources by reducing the amount of resources they use as well as reusing and recycling materials.
A preview of each game in the learning objective is found below.
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