Natural Resources Presentations

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To request a course taught in your classroom, please contact Becky Wagner or Kim Ruelle, or submit the Teacher Request Form.

Natural Resource Presentations Offered


Grades are suggested levels only. Each program can be tailored to fit other age levels.


Natural Resources: Guess What? (Kindergarten ) NGSS #: K-ESS3-3, K-ESS3.A, K-ESS3.C(Presentation time and set up is 30 to 45 minutes)The students will learn what natural resources are, how we use them and take care of them. They will learn this by getting the students engaged in an interactive exercise called “Guess what?” (No supplies needed)

Freddie the Fish ( Kindergarten – 1st grade) NGSS #: K-ESS3-3, K-ESS3.A, K-ESS3.C, K-ESS2.E(Presentation time and set up (with student participation) is 45 minutes)Water is essential for life. Water can get polluted in many different ways and during every season of the year. Students will learn how water gets polluted and how we use our water resource. Students will be asked how they can make good choices when using water. There are two different ways to conduct this presentation. It can be a solo presentation or it can be student group participation. * Please indicate your preference on the request form. If students participate I will need extra time allotted for this presentation. (Supply: paper towel, tap water)

The Lorax: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems: Animals, Plants, and Their Environment (2nd grade) NGSS #: 2-ESS1-1, 3-LS4-3, 3-LS4-4, 2-ESS1.C, 3-LS2.C, 3-LS4.A, 3-LS4.C, 3-LS4.D, 5-ESS3.C  (Presentation time and set up is 30 minutes if the book is read to the class prior to presentation – 45 minutes if we present the book) How humans utilize “thneeds” could potentially take a toll on our environment. Our ecosystem is comprised of many different interrelated components and a disturbance to one part of an ecosystem could impact the entire ecosystem. Students learn about natural resources and product consumption through the reading of The Lorax by Dr. Seuss and follow-up activities. (No supplies needed)

Piecing Together Our Earth’s Natural Resources (2nd or 3rd grade) NGSS #: 2-ESS2-1, 3-LS4-3, 3-LS4-4, 3-ESS2.A, 3-LS2.C, 3-LS4.D  (Presentation time and set up is 30-45 minutes)  We only have one Earth. Our earth provides us with many things we use on a daily basis. We tend to take these resources for granted, thinking they will always be available to us. This presentation demonstrates both good and bad results of utilizing our resources. The take home message is that our earth’s resources need to be used with care so that we don’t deplete them. It takes a long time for these resources to form or grow. Some resources can never be replaced so it is important to use resources wisely. (No supplies needed)

Properties of Soil & Water (Fishable? Swimmable? Drinkable?) (5th grade and up) NGSS #: 5-ESS3-1, 5-ESS2.C, 5-ESS3.C  Note: To add standards: ETS1.A and ETS 1.B, more time would be needed to include “Buildable?” concept of the program. (Presentation time and set up is 30 to 45 minutes)  Students will learn about surface water and groundwater through a hands-on soil profile experiment. (Supply: tap water, paper towel)

Geology (3rd - 6th grade) NGSS #: 4-ESS1-1, 4-ESS2-1, 4-ESS1.C, 4-ESS2.A  (Presentation time and set up is 45 minutes)  Students will investigate three main types of rock and learn how they are formed. Students will be investigating rocks “boot camp” style. They will have one minute to study and make notes about a rock and when that minute is up the rock gets passed on so they get a new rock. They engage in their own rock identification exercise. (No supplies needed)


Wisconsin-The New Look (4th, 5th, 6th grade) NGSS #: 4-ESS2-2, 4-ESS1.C, 4-ESS2.A  (Presentation time and set up is 45 minutes)  The learning objective for this class is to explain the history of Wisconsin’s landscape, topography, soil types, and geographical points of interest. Students will get an opportunity to look at the landscape features of Wisconsin from a unique perspective wearing 3 D glasses. Students will work in groups and will receive a written description of 13 Wisconsin land features. They will look through and read the descriptions and, as a group, come up with their top five list of interesting land features and explain why. (Supplies: pen or pencil, 10 blank index cards/team, one sheet of ruled or non ruled paper per team)

Dig It (5th grade and up) NGSS #: 5-PS1-1, 5-PS1-2, 5-PS1-3, 5-PS1-4, 5-PS1.A, 5-PS1.B  (Presentation time and set up 45 minutes)  Students will learn what soil organic matter (SOM) is and why soil biology is so important for healthy soil habitats. They will learn this by following the steps in the scientific method. At the conclusion of the experiment a group discussion will occur to process the results. Observations and evaluations from this experiment will help students gain knowledge on the benefits of SOM and soil biology. (Supply: paper towel)

The Enviroscape Model (4th grade) NGSS #: 4-ESS2-1, 4-ESS2-2, 4-ESS3-2, 5-ESS3-1, 4-ESS1.C,  4-ESS2.A, 5-ESS3.C  (Presentation time and set up is 50-60 minutes. Could be taught in shorter time frame if it is presented in a solo demonstration)  The Enviroscape Model primarily shows surface water flow and transport of potential pollutants.  The learning objective of this presentation teaches students the difference between point and non point sources of pollution. Students will be the land managers and are the ones who make the land management decisions. They will see “soil” erode, watch “chemicals” and other “contaminants” wash into the water system. A group discussion will follow to enable students to come up with a pollution prevention plan. (Supplies: pail of clean water, paper towel and/or cleaning rags or access to a sink.)


If you have any questions regarding these courses, please call me at (920) 923-3033 Ext. 4659 or email me at  Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to be a presenter in your classroom.

Becky Wagner, Agronomist-Fond du Lac County LWCD