Teaching Resources

These are resources that are written to be used in conjunction with this site.

Renewables Don't Run Out

Renewables don't run out - front coverA paper resource with activities on renewable resources. This is a complete 47 page printed resource which may be freely downloaded.

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Activity 1 in this resource requires photographs. These are available here in several formats - download whichever best suits your needs:

Version 'Screen' quality 'Print' quality
PowerPoint 2003 (.ppt) Photos (1.6MB) Photos (4.6MB)
PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) Photos (1.5MB) Photos (4.5MB)


  • To download, right-click on the chosen Photos link, and select the option to save the file as...
  • If you click on one of these links, you browser will open a new window and attempt to display the presentation.
  • You may find the 'Screen' quality photos may still look fine when printed.
  • PowerPoint 2007 (,pptx) files may be opened with PowerPoint 2003 providing the (free) Compatibility Pack is installed.
  • PowerPoint 2003 files can be opened using PowerPoint 2007.

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The videos on this site may be downloaded as .wmv files (viewable in media Player):

Version Larger Smaller Transcript
Sweet wrappers from trees 4.66 MB 2.30 MB pdf
Houses from Hemp 3.70 MB 2.27 MB pdf
Insulating Buildings   1.62 MB pdf
A Car Made from Plants 5.08 MB   pdf



Houses from Hemp

A matching activity. Children watch the video clip and then match the pictures with the different stages in the building of a house using hempcrete.

Investigating roofs

Investigating strong shapes and compare thatched with tiled roofs for water proofing.


Bioplastic films

Teacher's notes and matching activity cards to complement the section on bioplastic films.


Cleaners using Limonene

A whiteboard presentation about cleaners from citrus fruits.

Ask your teacher

These prompts, found on some pages, indicate there are additional activities that will engage children in finding out more about how plant products are used, and why they are an accessible alternative source of materials.

Web Links

The Web Links provided are to sites providing additional information that can be used by the teacher to develop subject knowledge, or by the children for further research.



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