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Young scholars tell the difference between natural and human made materials, packaging and non-packaging items, animals, plants and minerals, renewable and nonrenewable resources and identify compostable and recyclable materials.
Pupils 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.
As pupils progress through this lesson, it will dawn on them that the sun is an amazing source of renewable energy. They examine a case study of a place where it wasn't welcomed, and then conduct research to decide their own positions on the use of solar energy for generating electricity.
High school energy enthusiasts will be able to explain how thermal energy that is a byproduct of industry can be used as an alternative way to generate electricity. After some discussion, brainstorming, listening to podcasts, and research, they will zoom in on a specific example of an industry using this method of electricity generation. They work together to create their own podcast using the fabuous MapMaker Interactive software on the National Geographic Education website.
Future mechanical engineers and automotive technicians read about various solutions to using gasoline in cars. Included are electric, fuel-cell-powered, and hybrid vehicles. Learners can read this as part of a STEM or an alternative fuels unit.
After brainstorming on our use of electricity, elementary energizers participate in a simulation where each student represents a city, utility provider, or fuel company. Tokens are used to purchase electrical energy, and as more is used, the impacts become evident. A graph is provided for learners to record resulting data.
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.
What makes this lesson stand out from others about our personal energy use is the myriad of high-quality materials that support it. Find clear images, well-designed worksheets, links to related websites, and a presentation rubric for the assigned small-group project. Also, pupils learn to read EnergyGuide labels on electric appliances. The lesson concludes with small groups presenting the solution to an assigned problem to the rest of the class.
The question of affordable energy in the United States is debated by high schoolers. Each participating team prepares a multimedia presentation as they prepare to debate. Research skills, creativity, and critical thinking are all employed in this pertinent and richly detailed lesson plan.
After learning about the technology of grid modernization, middle schoolers investigate its effectiveness in energy conservation. This is accomplished through a collaborative research assignment, resulting in a written summary and additional questions. What makes this lesson plan stellar is that it provides links to informative websites, quality handouts to guide learners, a research rubric, detailed directions, and more!
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.
After reading about the amount of energy that is used to power a personal computer, learners take a look at their own computer use and therefore, their energy consumption. They do this through a series of questions and computations on the worksheet.
High schoolers research the hydroelectric plant removal project that is underway on the Klamath River. They consider the replacement of hydroelectric dams with geothermal power plants and form an argument based on their viewpoints. Since this is a current topic, it is and ideal case study for emerging enviromentalists.
Decide whether or not wind energy is the best resource for a town in a role-playing debate. Different groups take up the position of stakeholders on both sides of the argument. You will appreciate the materials and support provided in this relevant resource.
The hole in the ozone layer may "scaereosol" to death! Meteorology, environmental, or atmosphere students read about the atmosphere's ozone content and the sources of air pollution. This is a valuable reading resource for your atmosphere unit.
Introduce biology classes to the structure of DNA, the role of genes, and how mutations occur with this nifty resource. After viewing an animated video, discuss the accompanying Think questions and then explore the myriad of additional resources that can be accessed through the Dig Deeper feature with your life scientists.
Are you looking for a reading resource about the efficiency of power systems? Here is one that introduces the output/input ratio, measurement of energy by joules or calories, and efficiency ratings. For STEM classes that are learning about power systems, this would be a useful handout.
Not only do we need to drink water to survive, it has become increasingly important to us in its ability to help generate electricity. In some cases, it is renewable, and in others, it is not. Middle schoolers scrutinize a scenario by analyzing the effect of certain methods of electricity generation that require water. A short video opens the lesson, and a collaborative problem-solving activity concludes it.
Extensive reading is done in order to learn about scanning probe microscopy and nanoscale. Afterward, individuals use a pencil to probe an unidentified object that is inside of a box so that they cannot see it. Using only what they could gather via the probe, they draw the object.
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.