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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 instructional activity is driven by research and discussion which make it collaborative and engaging.
Sixth graders study about alternate energy sources and discuss with their neighbor how alternative energy sources affect environmental conditions so that an entire species could be affected.
Students evaluate the feasibility of wave energy as an alternative source of energy.  In this alternative energy source lesson plan students are introduced to renewable and nonrenewable energy and study energy production.
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. Each group presents its design to the class. The lesson plan finishes with everyone discussing the importance of renewable energy resources. 
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. An excellent educational resource for any high school teacher looking for a solid alternative energy lesson.
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. They relate their findings to actual data on the increased carbon dioxide concentration in our atmosphere. It would be beneficial to provide atmospheric temperatures for the same time period to make the connection more obvious. Overall, this is a terrific lesson on a foundational topic.
Pupils identify major contributors to the U.S. energy makeup, recognize trends in energy consumption, express opinions on alternative energy sources, and evaluate positive and negative attributes of the alternative energies in relation to US foreign pol
Students investigate the global importance of the African and Asian countries that export petroleum. They access the OPEC website and research this organization. They answer questions and write an essay about alternative energy sources.
Students 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.
Students examine technologies that already exist and record their findings in a journal. They work with students in other countries to explore alternative energy sources They publish their designs online.
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. 
Middle schoolers 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.
Students examine the efficiency of each alternative energy source as well as what limitations exist in terms of extracting the usable energy. They determine which energy source is most effective to the economy and the environment in the future.
Students explore and discuss alternative energy sources, and identify disadvantages of current fossil fuels.
Seventh graders, after defining/brainstorm the task, divide up into groups and are assigned to an alternative energy source (wind, solar, or water) to research. They complete a presentation with visuals on their findings from their research.
Students examine how communities can create sustainable environments using energy sources that are renewable.  In this energy lesson students define methods of alternative energy sources. 
Students identify the five major alternative energy sources. In this physical science lesson, students assess the advantages and disadvantages for each type of energy. They complete a concept map using information they researched.
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.
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.
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.

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