Lesson Plan: What are Renewable Resources?

Renewable Resources


Define the concept and value of renewable resources and how to distinguish between renewable and non-renewable resources
Featured learning skills:

  • Natural science
  • Consumer awareness
  • Classification
  • Natural science
  • Consumer awareness
  • Classification



Step 1: Preparation/Discussion

  • Set the stage for introducing the concept of renewable resources
  • Click here for background information on ways to discuss the differences between renewable and non-renewable resources and recyclable materials
  • Read aloud or have the students read in silence
  • Or highlight the key points and share them with the class

Step 2: Pass out activity sheet [pdf] 

DOWNLOAD “What are Renewable Resources?” ACTIVITY SHEET

Part I activity sheet: Answers

  • Circle cotton and tree (renewable)
  • Cross out oil well and coal (non-renewable)

Part II activity sheet: Answers

  • Wood is made from trees, which can be replanted, a renewable resource
  • Plastic is made from petroleum, a non-renewable resource

Part III activity sheet: Answers

Products made from renewable resources include:

  • Wood-cased pencils
  • Cotton or leather clothing
  • Foods
  • Paper
  • Solar electric power

Products made from non-renewable resources include:

  • Gasoline
  • Polyester or nylon clothing
  • The natural gas that heats water in your home
  • Plastic pencils

Products that are recyclable, but not renewable, include:

  • Aluminum cans
  • Glass bottles

Part III activity sheet: Optional assignment
Ask students to visit their local supermarket and make a list of ten products from renewable resources and ten from non-renewable sources. Which are recyclable?

5 replies
    • Alexander Poirier
      Alexander Poirier says:

      Thanks for pointing this our Lynn. The PDF and the rest of the lesson plan are now available. Sorry about that!

        • Alexander Poirier
          Alexander Poirier says:

          Hi Kylie,

          The link is about halfway down the page. I’ve updated the link to say “Download” to make it easier to locate. Please let me know if you’re still having issues finding it!



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