Fourth Grade Minerals & Energy

Our goal is to provide students with tools to understand Wyoming’s vast resources and become informed citizens, capable and ready to serve as stewards for Wyoming’s future. Our units, aligned to current state standards, are designed to support this mission as relevant and real-world applications of Science, Math, Social Studies, and Language Arts.
As Wyoming citizens, we are inherently stewards, entrusted with the responsible development, care, and use of our state’s resources to benefit current and future generations. The Wyoming Stewardship Project aims to instill this sense of pride, care, and investment into Wyoming students through education. Wyoming Agriculture in the Classroom, with support from the Wyoming Department of Education, has worked with Wyoming teachers and resource leaders to identify key learning concepts and corresponding project-based units. In the diagram to the right, you will see natural resources at the base, understanding the sectors could not operate without them. Agriculture, Minerals & Energy, and Outdoor Recreation & Tourism are three sectors that serve as a foundation for Wyoming. Ultimately, the understanding of our resources and stewardship decisions define our people and culture that we value in our state and are committed to passing down to future generations.
We hope you and your students enjoy and find value in this unit. Please contact us with any thoughts and questions you have, we are always happy to help.

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Students will gain an understanding of the term “stewardship” and of their role in being stewards.
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Students will read informational text as an introduction to the mining and energy industry in Wyoming.
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Through this social studies lesson, students will gain an understanding of what minerals and energy are and acquire knowledge about the main natural resources in...
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Students will learn about the relationship of natural resources and energy as well as the importance of stewardship for current and future generations.
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Students will learn the difference between renewable and nonrenewable resources and the importance of stewardship for current and future generations.
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Students will learn the difference between renewable and nonrenewable resources and the importance of stewardship for current and future generations.
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Students will understand that energy sources can be classified as renewable and nonrenewable and that each have pros and cons. Students will gain an understanding...
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Students will deepen their understanding of the pros and cons of energy resources by examining cause/effect relationships related to each type of energy.
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Students will understand scientists and engineers go through a design process to improve upon existing technology or create new, innovative solutions to problems.
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Students will have the opportunity to critically think of ways to be stewards for Wyoming's mineral and energy resources. They will share their thoughts through...
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Students will work in small groups to create a poster, PowerPoint, Prezi, etc. The purpose of their project is to teach others about key Wyoming resources, how they...
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