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Practical application of concepts taught in science make them stick with learners for years to come. Here, high schoolers read about energy efficient building methods and then experiment with insulation and passive solar heating. High-quality handouts are included, as well as teachers' guides, answer keys, a vocabulary list and assessment suggestions. This five-star lesson plan fills a time frame of up to 270 minutes.
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.
This interesting document suggests nine different activities for shedding light on photovoltaic cells. A bit of background information is furnished for you, as well as many, many resource links. Listed for each activity are a learning objective, controls and variables, materials, safety considerations, and suggestions as to how to meet the objective. As for step-by-step procedures, you will find none. For this reason, these lessons can only be used with physics learners who are experienced in writing their own procedures and lab reports.
Students 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 examine the concept of nuclear waste storage. In this interdisciplinary lesson, students research Yucca Mountain in order to compare and contrast opposing views regarding the nuclear waste site there. Students compose a letter revealing their stance on the subject following research.