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Energy Plans and their Impact on You
For this energy worksheet, students read articles on the internet about energy and answer short answer questions. Students answer 10 questions total.
Students examine role of energy in our daily lives, explore several forms of energy production, and create an energy plan for their community or the country.
Students examine several forms of energy production in the world. In this science lesson, students research and question our energy resources on a global scale. In the culmination of the unit students will design an energy plan.
Thinking About Energy
Young scholars navigate the web to research energy concepts. In this investigative lesson students describe their perceptions of energy and identify how those changed after completing a survey.
Energy for You
Young scholars investigate the energy sources used in student's communities. They explore where the energy comes from, how it is transported, and the uses to which it is put. They review the meanings of vocabulary renewable and newable resources.
How Do We Use Resources & Energy?
Students research the cost of energy waste. In this resources and energy lesson, students study statistics on the use of plastic bags and calculate the cost of making plastic bags. Students investigate how they can save natural resources at home.
What Makes a Home "Energy Efficient"?
Students research and report the costs and benefits of making their own homes more energy efficient. In this energy conservation lesson, students explore energy efficient technologies and design over several days. They complete a home energy check and show what they have learned by writing a research based report on energy efficiency in their own homes.
Managing Your Energy Budget
Students examine inequitable resource distributions. They participate in a resource distribution demonstration, write a reflection, watch a video, and calculate their ecological footprint.
Managing Your Energy Budget
Learners examine their ecological footprint. In this technology based lesson, students calculate patterns of consumption and suggest ways to decrease their resource usage. This lesson includes several multi-media resources, videos, and extensions.
Energy Motion in the Ocean
Learners explore the wave energy that is generated and transferred in the ocean. Through the use video and the Internet, students explore the aspects of a wave and how its energy affects the ecology of the seashore.
Fourth graders, after viewing a video on "The Future" Fossil Fuel grade, participate in an energy consumption simulation game in order to analyze how consumption, population, and choice of resource affect the availability of future resources. In groups, they brainstorm creative ways to conserve fossil fuels for the future.
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.
Hydroelectric and Geothermal: Benefits and Drawbacks
Take a closer look at hydroelectric and geothermal energy with your physical science class. Do the benefits really outweigh the costs to the surrounding areas? After doing some reading about each, small groups discuss and create a presentation about one of the two energy sources. Though this is not a unique assignment, the images, articles, and other resources provided are first class! Links to other related resources and lessons allow you to build an entire unit as well.
Save the Plankton, Breathe Freely
Inhale. Exhale. Breathe easy with this richly-designed lesson plan on the source of our oxygen! Children may be surprised to find out that plankton produce the bulk of the vital gas. They participate in an activity where they record the number of breaths that they take in 30 seconds and then compute how many taken in larger time spans. They then calculate how much of those breaths are provided by the plankton. The lesson closes with a creative activity in which individuals design a t-shirt or bumper sticker that encourages the public to take care of the oceans. This is a pertinent lesson for early environmentalists or during a natural resources unit.
Great Energy Debate
A debate and a board game are wrapped into one activity for your environmental science class. Teams present advantages or disadvantages of their assigned source of energy, and a team of judges either agree or disagree with the statements. If the judges agree, the team moves along a game board. This is like an American Idol, or rather, an "American Resource" competition! A guide sheet is provided for each of the different natural resource teams along with teacher's notes and a game board.
Current Sources of Energy to Maintain a Sustainable Future
In small groups, fourth graders identify different sources of renewable and non-renewable energy. They research the pros and cons of using each of these resources. They rank household appliances according to energy usage and efficiency. An excellent resource, well worth your time.
Energy Alternatives: Nature offers a solution
Students describe the pros and cons of different energy sources. In this earth science lesson, students respond to survey questions and discuss each other's opinion about the issue. They research an energy source of their choice and share findings with the class.
Myths and Legends on Natural Disasters: Making Sense of Our World
Students explore different natural and manmade disasters through a webquest. In this earth science lesson, students explain their causes. They also discuss how disasters affect society.
Students identify natural resources and describe the difference between renewable and non-renewable resources. They also identify the disadvantages and advantages of the resources.
The Power of PV: Measuring the Power and Energy of Photovoltaic System
Students explore photovoltaic systems. In this alternative energy lesson, students calculate solar panel efficiency and convert devices to solar energy using photovoltaic cells.