Uneven Distribution of Natural Resources Activity Unit


Students will learn about major natural resources and why they are distributed unevenly across Earth.

Grades 7 and Up

Save time with this complete activity-based Uneven Distribution of Natural Resources Activity Unit! This bundle includes every resource we use to teach and assess NGSS MS-ESS3-1 and HS-ESS3-1.

All of the work has been done for you – from start to finish!

These 7 resources form a COMPLETE AND COMPREHENSIVE UNIT, including:

✅ Informational Text

✅ Supporting Activities

✅ Claims and Evidence Practice

✅ Project

✅ Assessment

This unit includes the following LESSONS:

  1. Distribution of Natural Resources Introductory Text with Questions*
  2. Distribution of Natural Resources Webquest (Not an average webquest!)*
  3. Graphing Natural Resources Activity*
  4. Distribution of Natural Resources Claims & Evidence Activity*
  5. Natural Resources Maps and Graphs Stations*
  6. Natural Resource Research Project*
  7. Distribution of Natural Resources Assessment

*All starred activities include both print and Google Slides options to assign.

Lesson Descriptions:

  1. Introductory Text with Questions: Students READ a 2-page informational text about the distribution of natural resources and RESPOND to analysis questions. No prior knowledge is required – all information is in the text.
  2. Distribution of Natural Resources Webquest: FIVE PART WEBQUEST focusing on natural resources and human impact – each section with its own website to explore. This activity is much more interesting and engaging than typical “fill in the blank” webquests!
  3. Graphing Natural Resources Worksheet: Students practice their graphing skills with data about land use (line graph), groundwater depletion (line graph), distribution of oil (pie chart), and top copper-producing countries (bar graph).
  4. Distribution of Natural Resources Claims & Evidence Activity: Students read passages and analyze maps to 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?
  5. Natural Resources Maps and Graphs Stations Activity: Get kids up an moving with 10 COMPREHENSIVE DATA ANALYSIS STATIONS. Students analyze natural resource MAPS and GRAPHS to learn more about their distribution, use, risk of depletion, and human impact on the environment.
  6. Natural Resource Research Project: Students research one natural resource including its characteristics, use, distribution, and harvest. Includes step-by-step instructions, a “Research Organizer” to help students organize their information and focus their thinking, and a student-friendly grading rubric.
  7. Distribution of Natural Resources Quiz: The assessment includes 12 multiple-choice questions. The questions are not simply definitions – a bit of critical thinking is required, including some simple analysis of maps and a graph.

Teacher Notes:

  • All answer keys are included.
  • The resources in this uneven distribution of natural resources activity bundle are NOT editable.
  • The included resources take approximately 2 weeks to complete.
  • Supplies Required for this Unit: Only paper copies are required. Some would be best printed using a colored printer, however Google versions are included as an alternative if you can’t print in color.
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