Contributor: Meghan Vestal. Lesson ID: 12068

Where do we get stuff to make stuff? Do things like cars and refrigerators and crayons just appear or grow on trees? Can we run out of supplies? Learn about resources and go on a local scavenger hunt!


Social Studies

Social Studies
learning style
Kinesthetic, Visual
personality style
Lion, Beaver
Grade Level
Primary (K-2)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!


What do the following objects have in common? How are they different?

tree & hammer

Both of the images at the beginning of the lesson are an example of a resource for producing a wooden building.

A resource is a source or supply of something that we find valuable, and we take what we need from that resource. For example, the tree and the hammer could both be used to build a home.

There are two types of resources: natural resources and man-made resources.

  • Which of the objects do you think is a natural resource?
  • Which of the objects do you think is a man-made resource? Tell your teacher or parent.

Natural resources are things found in nature, whereas man-made resources are things created by humans.

  • The tree is an example of a natural resource because it is found in nature.
  • The hammer is an example of a man-made resource because it was created in a factory by humans. You would not be able to search through the forest to find a hammer.

To learn more about natural resources, you will watch a short video. As you watch, make a list of the all the natural resources you see. You can create your list by writing the names of the items or by drawing pictures of the items. You can pause the video to give you time to write, or have your teacher or parent help you.

Science Video for Kids: Natural Resources of the Earth by TurtleDiary:


When you are finished watching the video, go through the list you created with your teacher or parent. Where can each of these objects be found? How do these objects help humans? Discuss your responses with your teacher or parent.

Sometimes, man-made resources are made from natural resources. For example, a home is considered a man-made resource because it was built by humans. Many of the objects used to build a home are natural resources. What natural resources are part of the home you live in? Tell your teacher or parent.

You may have said things like "wood" and "stones" because these are all things that come from nature. Can you think of any other man-made resources that are partly made from natural resources? Share your ideas with your teacher or parent.

Even if an object is partly created by natural resources, it is still considered a man-made resource.

Discuss the following questions with your teacher or parent:

  • What is a natural resource that allows you to breathe?
  • What is an example of a natural resource you can eat?
  • What are two examples of man-made resources in your learning space?

After you have finished discussing the questions, move on to the Got It? section to practice sorting natural and made-made resources.

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