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How We Use Natural Resources Mini-Book

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Google Slide, PDF | 1 page | Grades: 3 - 4

Read and learn about how we use natural resources with this 12-page mini-book.

How Do We Use Natural Resources?

Natural resources are used for a variety of things in our everyday lives. Resources such as water, minerals, animals, plants, and fossil fuels can be used to make different products and in many different activities. This 12-page mini-book will explore how each of these natural resources are used. Students will have an opportunity to learn about each natural resource and demonstrate understanding throughout.

Through this activity, students will explore the characteristics of natural resources that make them useful in products and materials such as clothing and furniture.

Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding 

A team of dedicated, experienced educators created this resource to support your science lessons. 

In addition to individual student work time, use this natural resources mini-book to enhance learning through guided science groups, whole class lessons, or remote learning assignments. 

If you have a mixture of above and below-level learners, check out these suggestions for keeping students on track with the concepts: 

🆘 Support Struggling Students

Help students who need support by completing the mini-book in a small group or 1-on-1 setting. Additionally, invite students to reference previous assignments, posters, or anchor charts to support them with the mini-book.

➕ Challenge Fast Finishers

For students who need a bit of a challenge, encourage them to create a list of natural resources and list the different uses of each.

Plan lessons for all ability levels with our 10 Best Scaffolding Strategies! 

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the PDF or editable Google Slides version of this resource. 

Cut the pages in half, assemble, and staple to secure the pages.


This resource was created by Melissa McLaren, a teacher in Massachusetts and Teach Starter Collaborator. 

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