Distribution of Resources
Distribution of Resources
Resources are vital to the existence of people. Familiarize students with the concept of resource distribution and encourage them to think about how people interact with limited resources.
5 - 8
Biology, Earth Science, Geography, Physical Geography
Photograph courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Natural resources are materials people obtain from Earth that have economic value or are important for human life. Lumber, minerals, and even fossil fuels are three resources that serve people well. Resources are distributed throughout the world, though not always evenly, and some people have better access to resources than others.
A resource map is one type of map that is used to show the distribution of different resources in a region.
Help students understand the idea of a resource map by visiting the Freshwater Availability resources map. Have students examine the map and identify its purpose. Students should determine that the map depicts the varying amounts of fresh water available to people throughout the world. Then have students describe what type of conclusions can be drawn from such a map. For example, they might notice that fresh water is more available in South America than in Africa. Have students explain why this map might be useful for scientists.
Then have students conduct research about the resources in their own state or region. Students can create a resource map that shows crops, minerals, water, or other resources available to the people who live there. Instruct students to use symbols to represent the resources on the map and to include a map key. Tell students that they can include as many resources as they think would clearly and logically fit on the map. When they are finished, have students share their maps with other students. Ask: What types of organizations, agencies, businesses, or people might find these maps useful?
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October 19, 2023
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