Conservation is “being a good steward of what I have.” This means paying attention to your resources, making the most of what you have, and avoiding waste or careless spending.

One reason to conserve resources is so you don’t run out of what you need. For example, if a storm knocks out your power and water supply, you conserve your flashlight batteries and drinking water since you don’t know how long it will take to restore electricity and water. You spend less now so you have enough later.

Another reason to conserve resources is so you can do something special for yourself, your family, or someone else. By saving money instead of spending it right away, you give yourself more options. As your savings increase, you can buy more of what you need, you can buy something better, and you can help others by giving to their needs.  

Conservation means carefully managing your resources, which includes earning, saving, spending, and giving. By being a good steward in little things, you will be ready to manage greater things in the future!

I Will:

  1. Save for the future.
  2. Spend money wisely.
  3. Make good use of what I already have.
  4. Repair, reuse, and recycle.
  5. Find ways to give.

Discussion Starters:

  • Why is conservation a good habit?
  • Why should you save for the future?
  • How can you save water or electricity at school and at home?
  • What is the opposite of conservation?
  • What is the difference between “needs” and “wants”? Give some examples.

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Learn hand motions for the poem and song. Listen to the nature story. Presented by Robert Greenlaw.

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