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How Much Energy Do You Use?
Students take a survey of energy-consuming appliances in their homes and calculate the daily cost of operating these machines. They identify those appliances that consume the most energy and consider ways to reduce the amount of energy they consume.
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.
Checks and Balances: Safe Harbor
Train young political analysts by following the plans outlined here. After reviewing the three branches of the government, small groups analyze the Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act of 2004, identify instances of checks and balances, and write their own bill about public policy and media. The bill is a complicated text, and while there is a jigsaw activity built in, more scaffolding might be necessary. Handouts and assignment sheets are all included in the file. The lesson is part of a larger unit plan; check out the rest of the lessons on the Take the Challenge website.
Upper graders form a "Presidential Task Force," and attempt to make recommendations concerning the future of the national power grid. After a teacher-led discussion which proves that our nation's energy consumption will soon outpace our ability to produce energy, the class studies the main sources of alternative energy and makes recommendations based on which one(s) they find to be the most viable. This important, and realistic, lesson plan will shed light on one of the most pressing issues that will face our country in the near future. A wonderful lesson that is beautifully designed.
Geothermal Energy in Latin America
Here is a wonderful series of lessons designed to introduce learners to the variety of renewable, clean energy sources used by people all over the world. Geothermal energy is the resource focused on. This particular sources of energy happens to be readily-available in many developing countries. These lessons produced by Hemispheres are among the best geography lessons I've yet come across. Highly recommended!
Capturing the Sun's Warmth
Passive solar heating is a technology that's been in use for thousands of years. Here, elementary schoolers are exposed to this type of heating, the materials that are used in passive solar heating, and they study how engineers design passive solar heating systems for buildings. The fascinating lesson should be of high interest for your charges. There is a worksheet embedded in the plan that reinforces student learning as well. A terrific lesson!
Elementary schoolers discover how engineers use solar energy to heat buildings. They take a close look at some of the materials used: sand, salt, water, and shredded paper and evaluate the efficiency of each material. An incredible lesson that has learners divide up into groups. Each group is assigned one of the materials, and they perform experiments to determine the solar index of each. Terrific worksheets and websites are embedded in the plan to support the teaching and learning. A top-notch science lesson plan!
CO2: How Much Do You Spew?
Split your earth science or environmental studies class into groups and give each a scenario card. Scenario cards describe the lifestyles of 10 different fictitious families, focusing on their energy usage. Carbon dioxide emissions are calculated and compared. Plenty of background information, additional reading materials, and interdisciplinary extension ideas are all provided to allow you to prepare a well-rounded lesson.
The BEAM Project: Building Efficient Architectural Models
Technology or engineering teams are given a task to design, construct, and test the efficiency of a structure that will foster an even temperature throughout an entire day in the sunlight. This is intended as a long-term project. Pupils research, plan, bring materials in from home, build, evaluate, and write a report. A 13-page packet is provided as a guide and record-keeping journal. There is even a grading rubric that you can share with them to keep them on task and use to assess their work.
Strike a Pose: Modeling in the Real World (There's Nothing to It!)
Adjust this instructional activity to fit either beginning or more advanced learners. Build a scatter plot, determine appropriate model (linear, quadratic, exponential), and then extend to evaluate the model with residuals. This problem uses real-world data and challenges one to make predications based on the model.
Cell Wall Recipe: A Lesson on Biofuels
Biotech engineers discover that changes in the DNA code for cell wall formation can help create crops better suited for biofuel production. They extract DNA from wheat germ. They decode paper strips with codes and relate the activity to DNA expression. Thorough background information, student handouts, and relevant resource links help make this a breeze for you to teach!
The Price of Gasoline: What's Behind It?
OPEC is a name that can make the hair stand up on the back of your neck. Many adults understand that because gasoline is in high demand and on short supply, OPEC can raise the price to turn a pretty profit. Help learners understand the economics behind demand, profit motive, and monopolies. They complete a series of activities and explore a variety of websites to develop their economic understanding.
Gas Prices Keep Rising
Students discuss rising gas prices, then read a news article about how the increase in fuel cost may affect other prices. In this economics and current events lesson, the teacher introduces the article with a discussion and vocabulary activity, then students read the news report and participate in a class discussion. Lesson includes interdisciplinary follow-up activities.
The Future of the School Bus
Economics classes explore the cost benefits and drawbacks of using biodiesel to run school buses, as well as the environmental impact. They also explore ideas for improving this important mode of transportation. This resource is well-designed, with clear standards, instructions, and assessment; however, the topic may not resonate with high school students.
How Hot is Hot?
Elementary schoolers identify the three methods of heat transfer: conduction, convection, and radiation. The lesson is mostly lecture-based. When the teacher has finished the presentation, groups of pupils get into teams and they must work together to answer questions posed by the teacher (and embedded in the plan), which will serve to reinforce what they have heard during the lecture. Some terrific extension activities and websites are also present.
New! Building the Basic PVC Wind Turbine
Here is a comprehensive and well-written lesson plan that results in learners building a standard wind turbine. Once built, teens can design a variety of experiments to test different factors. This activity is a noble undertaking that will blow both your class members and the entire school away! Consider making this an Earth Day project for your engineering, physics, or environmental studies classes.
New! Comparing Light Bulbs
An average home produces twice as many emissions as an average car. Teach your class how to reduce energy consumption by replacing standard incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs. Perform an experiment to compare the energy efficiency of each, measuring the energy wasted in the form of heat. Use this experiment to teach conservation during Earth Day, or include in a science unit on different forms of energy.
Plants in Your Gas Tank: From Photosynthesis to Ethanol
Explore ethanol and how it is produced. Young scientists investigate photosynthesis and fermentation to the concept of conservation of energy and mass. They discuss the environmental and economical benefits of ethanol as a fuel additive.
Reaction Rates and Catalysts in Ethanol Production
Here is a five-day module in which high school chemists determine what other materials can serve as catalysts for producing ethanol. Another objective of the lessons is to introduce reaction rate and activation energy. Learners also use a computer to analyze and present their data.
Cell Wall Chemistry of Biofuel
Throughout this five-day lesson, emerging environmentalists explore the use of ethanol as an alternative renewable energy source. On days two and three, they actually hydrolyze cornstarch and make colorimetric analyses. Be aware that specialized lab equipment is necessary for the investigation: a Vernier LabPro and Colorimeter, graphing calculators, various glassware and measurement tools.