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New! Geothermal Energy
With Earth Day quickly approaching, as well as many science fairs, why not challenge your class to investigate geothermal energy or other renewable energy resources? There are five driving questions explored in depth here, as well as four other questions provided for project ideas. By designing their own investigations and projects, groups learn to work well together and will have an opportunity to share what they've learned with others. The project ideas range in difficulty, making differentiation simple.
Plugged In To CO2
Watt is going on here? Middle schoolers are learning about energy use and carbon dioxide emissions! In the first part of this lesson, learners measure how much energy different appliances consume and calculate the amount per day. In the second part, they determine the carbon dioxide produced by each appliance and compare their findings to regional data from the US Department of Energy. This practical activity gives learners experience with real-life data and current issues of concern.
Getting Oriented: A Move to Alternative Fuels
Discussion, reading, and critical thinking are only some of the things learners will be doing in this four-part unit on alternative fuels. They read about different fuel sources, how they are manufactured, and the pros and cons of each type. They'll research alternative fuels and use their findings to conduct several panel-style discussions on the topic. Everything needed is included via web links.
Geography of Oil Drilling in the Gulf of Mexico
Prior to class, individuals visit the Department of Energy website to examine the process of refining oil. After discussing what they learned, they find the Gulf of Mexico on a richly illustrated map that specifically indicates where offshore drilling has taken place. The lesson does not occupy a lot of time, but the visuals are impacting and can move learners toward becoming responsible citizens in the future.
Combined Fuel Efficiency
Practice simplifying complex fractions and long division of polynomials with this brief exercise. These four questions make a challenging warm-up activity or a short, but comprehensive, follow-up after a detailed lesson on algebraic operations with polynomials.
The Genome: Controversy for All Times
Learners examine the genome and discuss the ethical and moral issues surrounding it. In groups, they discover the differences between ethics and morals and discuss where the concepts of good and bad come from in society. After reading an article on cloning, they research how technology has changed the major ethical issues today and write an essay on their findings.
Students observe a demonstration presented by the teacher covering different types of energy. They participate in an experiment where they study numerous physics vocabulary words and visit websites that demonstrate examples of these specific vocabulary words.
Students design and build solar-powered cars. For this renewable energy lesson, students view websites showing a Department of Energy contest and solar-powered car design guidelines. They work in teams to design and build prototypes of a solar-powered car.
In this fuel sources worksheet, students calculate the E85 alternative fuel costs per gallon compared to the cost of gasoline. Students complete a table to show the comparison prices. They create a triple line graph to show the relationship between the price per gallon of E85, the equivalent price to gasoline and the average price per gallon of gasoline.
The Effects of Trash and Garbage On the Environment
Students recognize the importance of solid waste management. For this science lesson plan, students analyze individual solid waste management habits as they enhance their knowledge of solid waste disposal and the recycling process.
Clean American Fuels
Third graders are introduced to Clean American Fuels. The lesson is intended to help students recognize that Clean Action Fuels are needed to improve public health, protect the environment and provide energy security.
Students explore where energy comes from and identify the different kinds of energy. In this energy instructional activity students search their classroom for energy connections and record the way that they use energy.
The Energy Task Force
Students simulate a meeting of the President's energy task force in order to observe how energy policy may be developed with the input of various groups. Students will form groups with the following roles: lobbyists, members of the government, scientists, and environmentalists.
Wind Power for Educators
Students explore wind power as a renewable resource. In this wind power instructional activity students build models of wind turbines and experiment with different changes to see if it increases efficiency.
Photosynthesis and Biomass Growth
Sixth graders examine renewable energy sources such as ethanol. In this photosynthesis and biomes lesson students complete a project on farming techniques.
See the Wind
Students explore alternative energy sources. In this wind energy lesson plan, students will investigate the difference in the speed and smoothness of wind at different altitudes above earth. Students will use kites, helium balloons, streamers, and a wind speed meter to see the way wind works, they will then discuss their observations and the implications of wind as a renewable resource.
Build a Pizza Box Solar Oven
Students build a solar oven. In this solar energy lesson, students follow directions that show them how to build a solar oven made from a pizza box that can heat up food.
Students explore the departments within the judicial and executive branches of United States government and create a trivia game to test their knowledge.
Students 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
The Effects of Trash and Garbage On the Environment
Students tell the difference between natural and human made materials, packaging and non-packaging items, animals, plants and minerals, renewable and nonrenewable resources and identify compostable and recyclable materials.