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Human Use of a Living Resource: The Forest

Lesson Overview

Learning Outcome

  • Students will learn to describe living and non-living resources in the environment and apply this to their local area.
  • Students will learn to identify natural and human uses of the forest.
  • Students will learn to define the terms renewable and non-renewable resources and sustainability.

Question

  • What is a living resource? What is a non-living resource?
  • How do humans use a living resource?
  • What are the differences between renewable and non-renewable resources?
  • How can a resource be sustainable?

Setting the Stage

Part 1 & 2: (Time: 30 minutes)

  • Students will do a brainstorming exercise on natural and human use of our forests (Activity Worksheet #1).
  • Following the above session, students will examine the poster "Between the Stands" to make observations of natural and human use of the forest. They will add information to Activity sheet #1.

Part 3: (Time: 40-45 minutes)

  • Students will view a 15 minute video entitled "The Miracle Resource" to determine differences between renewable and non-renewable resources, sustainability of a resource and the products provided by the forest (Activity sheet #2).

Materials Needed

  • Poster "Between the Stands"
  • Video: "The Miracle Resource"/summary
  • Activity Worksheets: #1 and #2
  • Quiz: Human Use of a Living Resource: The Forest

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