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Students recognize the importance of saving energy to save natural resources. In this saving energy instructional activity, students complete a worksheet to find types of electricity meters in their homes. Students use meter readings to calculate energy consumption. Students analyze results and try to find ways to save energy.
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.
Young scholars 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.
Fifth graders strengthen research skills and learn about Earth's nonrenewable resources. Working in small groups, 5th graders use the printable planning sheet to prepare a presentation in the method of their choice.
Fifth graders define terms associated with renewable and nonrenewable resources. They identify materials that are renewable and nonrewable. They categorize a list into the correct type of resource.
For this energy worksheet, students read articles on the internet about energy and answer short answer questions. Students answer 10 questions total.
Students brainstorm ideas about how they consume energy, and what sources of energy are available to them. They work in small groups to research the way in which energy is consumed for a common household product, such as a CD, to reach them at home.
Students identify renewable and nonrenewable resources. In this earth science lesson, students construct a T-chart of renewable and nonrenewable resources.
Students examine the level of energy usage on a local and national level. Using the internet, they discover ways to conserve energy every day and how over-consumption of energy negatively affects the environment. In groups, they complete an energy audit and implement an energy-saving campaign in their community.
If you are looking for Internet research ideas for your life science class, here's one that focuses on a fascinating topic: the ocean as a resource for medicine. Researchers use the web to explore marine organisms that provide medicine components, marine-related careers, and coral reefs. A series of worksheets guides them to predetermined websites and keeps them on-task with comprehension questions.
Students examine the soil of the Inner Coastal Plain of North Carolina. Using the internet, they discover why tobacco was a major crop of the area and locate on a map tobacco farms. They show how tobacco was grown before modern farming machinery became available.
How is energy transferred within an ecosystem? What would happen to a food web if one of the organisms was removed? Elementary or middle school ecologists examine these questions and more in a comprehensive 5E learning cycle lesson. Through stories, games, a card sort, and a writing assignment, young scientists learn the essential components of food webs in a fun and interesting way. Although most of the links within the lesson are no longer active, many of the necessary resources are included in the appendix. In order to build learner anticipation and reduce your preparation time, each student could be assigned one of the animals in the food web game to research, then create a card for the game; cards could be made a day or two before teaching the lesson. Depending on the age of your learners, you may wish to adjust the writing prompt at the end to address some higher-level thinking concepts.
High schoolers identify and interpret the current German energy mix and trends, as well as to make comparisons and contrasts to that of their own country. They write a two paragraph description of including its likely position in the future German energy mix and research the current status and future trends of each energy source in the U.S. in greater depth.
Electricity is an integral part of our daily lives, but many energy sources are damaging the environment. Young engineers read about innovations in alternative energy sources, then work in groups to design and build a model of a system to generate energy. Each group presents its design to the class. The lesson finishes with everyone discussing the importance of renewable energy resources. 
Students navigate the web to research energy concepts.  In this investigative instructional activity students describe their perceptions of energy and identify how those changed after completing a survey.
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.
Students 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.
Students research the cost of energy waste. For 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.
Learners 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.

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