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High schoolers 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.
Eleventh graders complete a WebQuest to analyze their daily energy use and list them in the Energy Users column and share them with the class. They perform numbers 2 and 3 of the WebQuest to identify conservation methods and 4 and 5 to examine production and consumption patterns and their effects.
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.
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.
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.
Scholars study how humans consume energy and how we impact our environment. After completing a worksheet about the types of energy humans use, groups research one type of energy and present the pro or con side for the use of that energy. They also create posters endorsing a type of energy, and complete a worksheet that summarizes what they've learned.
Elementary schoolers examine the influences that humans have on the natural environment along with the influences that natural environments have on people. After a class discussion on renewable and non-renewable resources, human inventions that caused a change in the environment, and the natural resources used to make four common human possessions, learners divide into groups. Each group is given two objects, and the groups must determine what materials were used to make the object and which of those materials are renewable and non-renewable. As a final activity, the Dr. Seuss book, The Lorax is read aloud and discussed.
Presenting a distinctly environmental point of view, this expansive set of three sessions guides learners to identify home-building materials and the resources from which they are derived, and to compare materials used by region and historical context. Secondary learners explore careers involved in creating the structures that house us. Copious supporting information is included, along with a reproducible Building Materials Data Sheet.
In this science worksheet, students learn about renewable, non-renewable and sustainable energy and examine alternative fuel sources by studying the information on these 8 pages. Students complete 20 questions about energy. These pages are in full color and feature many interesting photographs.