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 20 Views 17 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 20 Views 86 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 28 Views 97 Downloads
Racing with the Sun: Creating a Solar Car
As the cost of oil continues to rise and the environmental impacts of emissions become more widespread, the demand for alternative energy sources for cars is huge. In an engaging and challenging week-long lesson, your upper-elementary or middle schoolers are transformed into mechanical engineers as they design and build solar powered cars.
4th - 8th Math 105 Views 112 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
New Review Hydrogen and Electrolysis
Electrify your science class with this simple electrolysis experiment. After first reading about hydrogen and its potential as an alternative energy source, a demonstration is performed showing young scientists how water molecules can be separated into hydrogen and oxygen gas using an electric current.
5th - 8th Science 3 Views 2 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 12 Views 21 Downloads
Solar Kit Lesson #8 - Positioning Solar Panels II: Explorations with Stationary Panels
This instructional activity 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.
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
Trash to Gas
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.
6th - 8th Math 3 Views 1 Download
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
Prospects for a Sustainable Energy Future
Environmental enthusiasts read a passage and define sustainability according to recommendations of Thomas B. Johansson and Jose Goldemberg, pioneers in the field of sustainable energy. They identify criteria for sustainable systems and evaluate energy technologies.
7th - 12th Science 3 Views 12 Downloads
Solar Kit Lesson #15 - Solar-Powered Electrolysis of Water and the Hydrogen Economy
An outstanding instructional activity awaits your physics fledglings! After reading about how hydrogen can act as an energy carrier, they examine the electrolysis of water using solar power. They test the gases produced for flammability and will discover that hydrogen and oxygen gases are the results.
10th - 12th Science 3 Views 13 Downloads
Use a simple PowerPoint presentation to introduce you environmental studies class to hydropower. Hold a debate about the pros and cons of developing this form of alternative energy. Power up your class with this simple lesson on a topic of current concern.
9th - 12th Science 3 Views 3 Downloads
Solar Heat: Building and Testing a Solar Oven
Building a solar oven is always an enriching and engaging activity when your class is studying forms of energy or alternative and renewable energy sources. This lesson plan refers you to the re-energy.ca home website for specific construction procedures and beautifully designed handouts.
5th - 9th Science 26 Views 55 Downloads