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- Carolyn M., 1st year teacher
- Aiken, SC
Alternative Energy Sources Teacher Resources
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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 lesson is driven by research and discussion which make it collaborative and engaging.
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 instructional activity focuses on photovoltaics, or solar power, but you could assign each group a different form of alternative energy to research and present.
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.
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.
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.
Learners discover the world of fossil fuels and oil shortages. In this world economy lesson, students read articles on the Internet discussing the world's dependence on oil and the possibility of an extended oil shortage. Learners discuss and develop plans that could reduce the U.S. dependence on oil by switching to another energy alternative.
Place learners into groups to research and present different renewable energy sources. As individuals listen to the class presentations, they take notes and then write a persuasive article defending the form of energy that they feel would be easiest to implement. As a wrap-up, they participate in a mock town meeting to discuss which system of alternative energy source the community will implement.
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.