How do natural resources affect the way we live? Our Objective: By the end of this lesson, we will be able to explain what a natural resource is, list several natural resources, and tell why they are important to humans. Think, pair, share! What is a natural resource? A natural resource is something found in nature that is useful to people. It can be a material, (like rocks) an energy source, (like wind) or a living thing (like plants). What are we going to do today? 1) new words 2) read a story about a girl from India 3) class discussion 4) game 5) finish up New words monsoon--a season that brings lots of rain stall--an area in the marketplace, a booth or stand screeching--a loud, shrill sound scrambling--a fast movement, hurrying swishes--to move with a hissing or rushing sound potbellied--having a large belly Monsoon by Uma Krishnaswami Water is a natural resource! What other natural resources can you think of? Other Natural Resources wind sunshine water minerals oil coal trees plants animals Wind and Air Wind is a source of energy. By using a windmill or wind turbine, people can turn the wind's energy into electricity for homes and schools. Clean air is important because it gives us oxygen to breathe. Sunshine Energy from the sun is called solar power. It can be used to make electricity and even to power a car. We depend on the sun to give us warmth and to make plants grow. Water Water provides us with something to drink. Plants, animals and humans all need water. Water is also used for cleaning things, washing clothes, cooling the engine in a car, and many other uses. Minerals Minerals include rocks and other materials, like iron, that humans need. Iron is put in food to help our bodies function well. It is also used to make buildings, machines, cooking pots, tools and many other things. Trees and Plants Trees are an important natural resource used to make wood and paper. Many trees are cut down every day to make the paper we use at school. Plants are a major source of food for humans. We also use plants to make medicine and fabric. Animals Animals help humans in many ways. We gather milk from cows and eggs from chickens. We eat the meat of many animals. Animals also help farmers to do their work. Did we answer our question yet? How do natural resources affect the way we live? Think, pair, share! Remember, a natural resource is a material, energy source, or living thing found in nature that is useful to humans. Let's practice! Now show me what you learned! 1. A natural resource is ______________ _____________________________. 2. List 4 natural resources. 3. _________ is a natural resource that is used for___________________. It is important because ________________ _____________________________.