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Students 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.
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.
New Review Using Waste Heat to Generate 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.
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.
New Review Fueling the Future
Future mechanical engineers and automotive technicians read about various solutions to using gasoline in cars. Included are electric, fuel-cell-powered, and hybrid vehicles.
New Review Non-Renewable Energy Resources
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.
After reading about how wind turbines work to collect clean energy, groups brainstorm and design their own windmill. Within the provided financial and physical constraints, groups must build a working windmill using only the materials provided. When finished, the windmills are tested to see if they hold up to the standards, then each young engineer answers some reflection questions.
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.
New Review Choosing Energy-Efficient Appliances
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.
This resource is comprised of four different reading assignments, a board game, and a collection of worksheets about energy. You will need to peruse the individual handouts to see which apply to your curriculum and specific grade level, but please do so; you are sure to find something that you will like! Topics include motion, solar energy, fossil fuels, energy conservation, and even the water cycle. Because this is a large file, the resource may take a while to load, but it is worth the wait.
New Review Affordable Energy for Our Future
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.
New Review Conserving Energy through Grid Modernization
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!
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.
Use the accompanying presentation and colorful technology sheets to introduce your class to the 10 different energy technologies. Connect kids to an interactive computer tool that allows them to combine different types of power generation and find out how it will affect emissions and costs. A great way to address Next Generation Science Standards HS-ETS1-1 and HS-ETS1-4.
New Review Energy Sustainability in the Klamath Basin
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.
New Review Stakeholder Debate: Wind Energy
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.
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.
New Review Ozone Alert
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.
Youngsters examine resource maps to find out which states are using solar and wind power and discuss as a class various other renewable energy sources. They use a provided data table to record pros and cons to each technology, build and experiment with wind turbines, and discuss public policy regarding the subsidization of different power-producing technology. It is recommended that you share the fascinating obscure technologies described in the extra activity.