Alternative Energy Sources Teacher Resources
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Generating Ideas for Electricity Generation
Electricity is an integral part of our daily lives, but many energy sources are damaging the environment. Young engineers read about innovations in alternative energy sources, then work in groups to design and build a model of a system to generate energy.
3rd - 8th Science 19 Views 16 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Alternative Energy Sources
After reading the True Story of the Three Little Pigs, sixth graders consider the use of sustainable and alternative energy sources. They participate is a panel discussion on the topic, conduct research and present their findings orally. This lesson is driven by research and discussion which make it collaborative and engaging.
6th Language Arts 18 Views 26 Downloads
An Air-Powered Car
Youngsters read text about an environmentally-friendly car. They try to figure out the meaning of the vocabulary in the text and discuss issues related to alternative energy sources. This thoughtful, well-designed plan has all the worksheets you need to successfully implement the activities described.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 7 Views 20 Downloads
The Greenhouse Effect
Why does it get so hot inside of our cars in the summertime? The greenhouse effect! Lab groups experiment to see what happens to an ice cube enclosed in a jar and placed in sunlight as compared to an ice cube outside of the jar. They record the corresponding temperatures as the experiment proceeds.
5th - 8th Science 19 Views 84 Downloads
Energy Solutions; A Brochure
By creating an energy brochure, teams of science learners inform others about the advantages of using alternative energy sources. An instructions page for your class and a grading rubric are provided. The lesson focuses on photovoltaics, or solar power, but you could assign each group a different form of alternative energy to research and present.
6th - 8th Science 26 Views 96 Downloads
Trash to Gas
Young scholars experiment with biomass materials as alternative energy sources. In this biomass material lesson, students participate in an experiment with cow manure to determine how it can be used as an energy source. They record their data in a chart that they use to make a bar graph.
6th - 8th Math 3 Views 0 Downloads
Learners determine the breakdown of worldwide energy consumption by various sources. After reading an article, they examine recent research in the area of alternative energy sources. Using the internet, they research the forms of alternative energy and present their information in a mock hearing.
6th - 12th Language Arts 3 Views 22 Downloads
Energy in Today's Global Society
Energy analysts assess the environmental cost of fossil fuels and compare it to various alternative energy sources. They role play a community scenario where they develop a plan to provide energy for a certain region. They present an argument convincing the Town Hall that their method is the most effective.
9th - 12th Science 11 Views 20 Downloads
Solar Kit Lesson #8 - Positioning Solar Panels II: Explorations with Stationary Panels
This lesson plan is preparation-intensive, but well worth the investment. You will construct five or six portable testing stations with which lab groups will gather data on the best position for collecting sunlight with a solar panel. This is the second part of a two-part lesson plan, best used in middle school science classes as part of a unit on alternative energy sources.
6th - 9th Science 7 Views 14 Downloads
Harness the Waves
Scotland would like to lead the way in wave technology. The power of the ocean's waves can be converted into usable energy. This fascinating video explores this innovative technology for using waves as a renewable energy source. Even though the video quality is poor, the information is valuable and would be worth showing to a class that is exploring alternative energy sources.
5 mins 7th - 12th Science 3 Views 0 Downloads
Passive Solar Design for Homes
Did you know that the position of a house and the materials it is made of can be aids in using solar energy? First-time physical science learners read about solar orientation and passive solar heating systems. In the laboratory, they compare three different materials for their ability to resist temperature change.
6th - 8th Science 3 Views 8 Downloads
Fewer Watts and Fatter Wallets
Alternative energy and economics, two big topics that are taking the front seat in an informative lesson. Kids begin to consider the cost benefit of alternative energy choices and how they affect consumers based on non-price determinants. They'll work through a series of problems and read related information as well as contact local school authorities to see it they are participating in any alternative energy programs.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 2 Downloads
Exploring Alternative Energy Sources
Students research the amount and kinds of energy that are produced and consumed in the United States, including the limitations of this kind of consumption. They research and create a display to teach classmates about a specific renewable resource.
10th - 12th Science 3 Views 32 Downloads
To Go Solar or Not to Go Solar!
Middle schoolers imagine that they are on a panel to consider if a solar energy system would be advantageous to a new school as it is being built. They read the included handout and then each play a role as a participant in a community meeting to discuss practicality and benefits of installing photovoltaic panels.
6th - 8th Science 9 Views 31 Downloads
Solar Car Races: Build and retrofit for speed
If you have solar car kits for your junior high schoolers, they can experiment with photovoltaic cell angle, light intensity, and aerodynamic design to discover what makes their car move more quickly. This is a classic activity to use when wrapping up a unit on alternative energy sources.
6th - 9th Science 3 Views 10 Downloads
Explore our reliance on oil and the need for alternative energy sources. Oil shale, a sedimentary rock product that can be processed into crude oil, is offered as a possible step toward a completely renewable future. This is a high-quality presentation.
10 mins 7th - 12th Science 3 Views 0 Downloads