Week Fourteen Science Lessons: Natural Resources and Alternative Energy

Grade 5 Science

Week Fourteen Lessons

This week we will continue the Earth Unit. We will be exploring natural resources and alternative energy. Students will learn about the types of resources, how we use them, and the importance of conservation.  Here is a lesson to help you plan. Links to actual materials and lessons are provided throughout this post. I  hope you can find something to help make planning this year a little, or a lot, easier!

I wanted to add a note about my planning schedule to this post. I typically write lesson plans two to three weeks ahead, and week fourteen corresponds with the week after Thanksgiving break for my location. I will be posting a lesson next week over Thanksgiving vacation to stay two weeks ahead. I hope you have a restful and wonderful Thanksgiving break next week!!

natural resources and alternative energy lesson

TEKS/ Standards:

(C)  identify alternative energy resources such as wind, solar, hydroelectric, geothermal, and biofuels; and Readiness Standard

“I can” Statements:

I can identify the alternative energy resources and their uses.

Essential Questions:

Monday – What items from nature do you use each day?

Tuesday – Why is it important to conserve a nonrenewable resource?

Wednesday – What makes a renewable resource renewable?

Thursday – What options do we have to replace nonrenewable resources?

Friday – How do natural resources affect our lives?

Word Wall Words: 

Renewable Resources
Nonrenewable Resources
Alternative Energy

Lesson Ideas and Materials:


Science Wall Complete each day with your choice of word wall words.

Earth and Space Interactive Science Notebook

Science and Literacy Natural Resources and Alternative Energy

Earth and Space Anchor Charts

Earth Science Vocabulary

Lesson Ideas:

(M) Students can complete a Natural Resources Crossword Puzzle and a word scramble  to help learn vocabulary for this week. Introduce Word Wall Words for the Week and ask students what they think it means. Complete the first 2 columns of a Word Wall Builder Chart. –All this is in the Science and Literacy Natural Resources and Alternative Energy

(T) Students will read an informational text about Natural Resources and complete a graphic organizer to process the information. Complete the third column of the Word Wall Builder Chart. –All this is in the Science and Literacy Natural Resources and Alternative Energy.Natural Resources Reading Graphic Organizer

(W) Students will complete a summary writing with key terms from Tuesday’s reading. – Science and Literacy Natural Resources and Alternative Energy. Complete the Natural Resources chart and writing prompt in the notebook. –Earth and Space Interactive Science Notebook

(Th) Alternative Energy “Go Fish” Game day! Students can use a recording sheet to track their game cards –Science and Literacy Natural Resources and Alternative Energy

Alternative Energy Learning Game

(F) Complete the Alternative Energy Anchor Chart as a class. –  Earth and Space Anchor Charts The students can fill in their printable poster, and you can make one on chart paper to hang up around the room. Complete the vocabulary pages that were not completed through the week.

Additional resources:

Science Starters and Science Wall to start each day.

During extra class time, complete the Earth Science Vocabulary pages that accompany this week’s learning.

The following links to the pretty PDF of this lesson plan.

5th Science Lesson Plans

Need materials for younger grades?

The materials in this lesson are intended for 5th graders in Texas, but are taught in a way that they could be easily modified for younger and older grades.

Here is what I have for Earth and Space so far.

2nd Grade Earth and Space Science Notebook

Kindergarten Interactive Science Notebook with Word Wall Cards

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