Uncover the finite and renewable resources the Earth provides us with

The Earth contains many different resources that we all use and depend upon on a daily basis. It is important to consider the types of resources we are using and compare their impact on the environment.

Humans use Earth’s resources for everything, from keeping us warm, to shelter, food and transport.

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Infographic poster, fact sheet and differentiated worksheets with three levels of scaffolding. Display the poster in your classroom or on a projector. Alternatively, print it and use as a handout.

Use the accompanying resource as a Directed Activity Related to Text (DART). The resource consists of ten questions on Earth’s resources followed by calculations based on global oil production, using statistical data from BP.


Finite or renewable

Finite resources are those which will run out because they cannot be replaced, such as fossil fuels. Renewable resources are those which will not run out as fast as they can be replaced, such as trees. This is why planting trees is so important, as they must be replaced at the same rate they are being used up.

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Did you know…?

While Guinea has the largest bauxite reserves, Australia is the world’s largest producer.

Venezuela has the largest oil reserves in the world. Reserves are an estimate of the amount of a resource that has the capacity to be extracted in the future.

Natural or synthetic products

Synthetic products, such as plastics, medicines and composites, are made by humans using chemical reactions in a laboratoryNatural products are formed from plant and animal processes, for example wood and silk.

 All illustrations © Dan Bright