MS-ESS3-1. Construct a scientific
explanation based on evidence for how the uneven
distributions of Earth's mineral, energy, and groundwater resources are the result of past and current
Use this map of worldwide fresh water resources to give students an example of resource distribution. Either project the image onto the board or ask students to bring it up on their own device, then ask students to pick one area, and come up with a hypothesis as to why the water resources are as high or low as they are in that spot. Discuss.
Each group of students will be
assigned a different resource (water, oil, coal, etc.) and tasked with
visually mapping the distribution of the resource over time, to show the
change in the distribution. Groups will use large world maps and will
decide how to represent the distribution and what time frame to use that
will show the change in resources. Then groups will present their maps
and explain to the class why the resource is distributed the way
it is, using scientific evidence and research to back up their
How has the distribution of your chosen resource changed over time? Why?
What steps could be taken globally or nationally to help "even out" the distribution of important resources?