These past few weeks, we have been discussing natural resources in 5B. What are they? Who has them? Why are natural resources so important? How do they affect us?
Our most recent inquiry was into countries and their natural resources. Students chose two countries: one they thought was rich and another one poor, and they researched information about those countries using the CIA World Factbook. Students looked at literacy, poverty, amount of money people made in the country and the country’s natural resources, and then they were asked to write some thoughts and questions.
From just one hour’s work, the questions are fascinating, and from there, students had a discussion trying to figure out some answers. Here are their questions. See their answers and add your own.
- Do natural resources make a difference in how poor or rich that country is?
- Do poor countries always have shorter life spans and lots of children?
- Is literacy affected by child labour?
- Why do some countries have a lot of kids and some countries don’t?
- Why does a country like Zambia have more resources than other countries like Finland but they are more poor?
- Why is the world unfair?
- Why are countries of Africa poor?
- Why is a country like Pakistan more poor than a country like Luxembourg when they have more minerals and natural resources?
- Why does a country like the US still have 1% of it populate who are illiterate?
- How can people in the Congo survive on 40,000 yen/year?
- Why are countries with so many natural resources so poor?
- Does weather affect how poor and rich a country is?