Distribution of Natural Resources Activity Make Claims from Evidence


Students DISCOVER FOR THEMSELVES why natural resources are distributed unevenly on Earth!

Grades 7 and Up


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In this activity, students will:

  • READ a short passage about a natural resource. They’ll learn a little about it characteristics and uses, as well as where it is found. Resources featured include copper, fertile soil, and oil.
  • ANALYZE maps.
  • Make a CLAIM based on EVIDENCE about how and why that natural resource is distributed the way it is.

Students will be able to make claims to answer the following questions:

  • What is the relationship between volcanoes and copper deposits?
  • Why does the Midwest area of the United States have fertile soil?
  • Why do Venezuela and Saudi Arabia have lots of oil reservoirs?

NGSS Standard: MS-ESS3-1

Teacher Notes:

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