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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.
New! 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. Each group presents its design to the class. The lesson plan finishes with everyone discussing the importance of renewable energy resources.
Waves : An Alternative Energy Source
Students evaluate the feasibility of wave energy as an alternative source of energy. In this alternative energy source lesson students are introduced to renewable and nonrenewable energy and study energy production.
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.
Not Just a Corny Idea
Students explore ways in which ethanol can be created using alternate energy sources.
Energy of the Future
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.
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.
Energy in a Clean Environment
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.
Clean, Green Power
Students explore and discuss alternative energy sources, and identify disadvantages of current fossil fuels.
INFORMATION FLUENCY UNIT
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.
Renewable Energy Sources
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.
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.
Students identify the five major alternative energy sources. In this physical science instructional activity, students assess the advantages and disadvantages for each type of energy. They complete a concept map using information they researched.
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.
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. An excellent educational resource for any high school teacher looking for a solid alternative energy lesson.
Science at the White House
After viewing a clip of an interview with President Obama about education in the White House, class members are put into collaborative groups to do research on a specialized branch of science. Topics include nanotechnology, space exploration, biotechnology, extreme weather, alternative energy sources, marine biology, and ancient Earth. They write a persuasive letter to the president about why their assigned topic should be chosen to be taught in the White House.
Energy in a Clean Environment
Students identify and describe the different types of energy and how it is transferred. In this energy lesson students complete several activities including how to calculate joules, adding up wattage, and create a presentation on renewable energy.
Students explore energy source options. In this environmental stewardship lesson, students determine what woody biomass is and analyze its effectiveness as an energy source. Students research the pros and cons of using woody biomass and then participate in a policy simulation activity.
Energy and Cars: What Does the Future Hold?
Learners examine alternative energy. In this research based lesson, students study alternative energy and how it will influence transportation in the future. They will write a report and give an oral presentation of their findings.
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.