Students watch a video about Oregon’s rich natural resources. They learn about how the state’s key industries changed over time, and then create posters advertising one of these resources.
This lesson is part of "Oregon | Unit 7: Oregon’s Natural Resources and Economy." In this unit, students will examine Oregon’s natural resources and their significance to the state.
4.18: Identify key industries of Oregon.
- Video: Great States | Oregon Economy
- An interactive whiteboard, projector, or another type of screen to show videos to the class
- Class set of Oregon’s Natural Resources graphic organizer
- Poster board or printer paper
- Markers, crayons, or colored pencils
Ask students to name Oregon’s natural resources and write their replies on the board. Make sure that each of the following is mentioned: rivers, wildlife, forests, rich soil, and beautiful scenery. Indicate they will be watching a film about Oregon’s economy and how it capitalizes on these natural resources.
Distribute the Oregon’s Natural Resources graphic organizer. Instruct students to fill in key ideas about how Oregon’s natural resources have been used economically both in the past and today. Indicate that “economic” can include any activity that helps people to either survive or to make money.
Play the video, Great States | Oregon Economyy. [3:37]
As a class, review content of the boxes.
Then, ask students to design a poster “advertising” one of Oregon’s natural resources. Have students address this question in their advertisements: “How have people put this resource to use, and why has it been valuable to Oregonians in both the past and the present?”