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Using Natural Resources I

Natural resources are materials or substances such as minerals, forests, water, and fertile land that occur in nature and can be used for economic gain. Natural resources are resources that exist without actions of humankind.


Day 1 – Introduction
Day 2 – Virtual Textbook


6:50 Water Resource Management

1:32 Eco-Friendly Alluvial Mining Plant in Colombia – CDE and AuVert Mining

7:14 Interview with national park rangers



As property of the American people, it is the privilege of citizens and visitors alike to be able to take advantage of the beauty and opportunity afforded by the more than 360 national park areas in the United States. Multiple studies show that national parks create jobs, attract international tourists, and provide significant economic value to nearby communities.

  • Position A: Additional emphasis should be placed on the dedication of new national parks with added funding from our government.
  • Position B: No additional emphasis is needed. Sufficient funding is already budgeted and 360 parks is a sufficient and reasonable number of national parks.

Instructor Resources

Standard Daily Material
  • Day 1 – Standard material – introduction day
  • Day 2 – Standard material – reading day
  • Day 3 – Standard material – make a presentation
  • Day 4 – Standard material – give a presentation
  • Extra! – Enrichment and remediation options
Other Topic Specific Resources

Special Notes

Instructor Emphasis:

  • Science & Engineering Practice: Ask questions and define problems.
  • Cross-Cutting Concept: Stability and Change.