Renewable Energy Teacher Resources
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Energy Crisis and Energy Alternatives
In this energy crisis and energy alternatives worksheet, learners fill in the blanks of sentences when given terms related to the environment, the energy crisis, renewable resources and non-renewable resources.
Machines: Designing Form and Function
Young scholars design a boat model with simplified steam engine. In this ecology lesson, students compare renewable and nonrenewable energy sources. They determine the efficiency of their boat model.
Students explore the ways that engineers study and harness the wind. They study the different kinds of winds and how to measure wind direction. In addition, students learn how air pressure creates winds and how engineers build and test wind turbines to harness energy from wind. Excellent extension activities imbedded in this plan show students how to make a wind vane and a wind turbine.
Students explore wind energy. In this wind power lesson, students create models of wind turbines and experiment with changes that will help efficiency. Students watch a video on wind power and discuss. Students work in groups to create their wind turbine. Students use different base widths, blades, and materials to create the turbines.
Energy Alternatives Explorations
In this energy alternatives explorations instructional activity, students explore alternative energy sources by using the linked web resources to answer 8 questions about different resources and identify the ones that would work in their community.
Students observe a model of a waterwheel to investigate the transformations of energy involved in turning the blades of a hydro-turbine into work. They work as engineers to create a model for a new waterwheel while considering resources, such as time and materials, in their design. Students also discuss and explore the characteristics of hydropower plants.
ESL/EFL Lesson Plan - Nuclear Power Plants
Students participate in ESL/EFL activities as they read an article about nuclear power plants. In this ESL/EFL lesson, students read an article entitled, "Germany To Close All Nuclear Power Plants." They work on building vocabulary, sequencing, and reading comprehension. They answer true/false questions, make charts, and complete a 10 minute writing activity.
Fewer Watts and Fatter Wallets
Alternative energy and economics, two big topics that are taking the front seat in an informative lesson. Kids begin to consider the cost benefit of alternative energy choices and how they affect consumers based on non-price determinants. They'll work through a series of problems and read related information as well as contact local school authorities to see it they are participating in any alternative energy programs.
Solar Action Projects
Students discuss the benefits of using solar energy. For this earth science lesson, students select a solar project they want to work on. They prepare a presentation and share this with the class.
Plight or Progress?
Learners read an online article to study the positive and negative aspects of nuclear energy, biotechnology, and nanotechnology. They conduct a debate on technology of the future.
Students design and construct a solar-powered model car. They watch a PowerPoint presentation, construct the car in small groups, and participate in a car race.
Transportation and Environment
Learners make an eco-friendly vehicle to help make transportation better for the environment. In this transportation lesson, students learn how transportation inventions are bad for the environment. They then see how engineers have tried to make eco-friendly transportation devices. In the end, they design their own eco-friendly transportation device.
Summer Camp 2050
Students create a camp for the future. In this simulation activity, students will research various energy sources, and create a proposal for the "city council" to recommend what energy sources should be used for a summer camp in the year 2050.
Sixth graders build a turbine engine to observe effects of the wind. For this wind energy lesson, 6th graders read an article and work in groups to build a simple turbine engine. Students connect a voltmeter to monitor different wind speeds. Students complete a worksheet.
What Makes a Home "Energy Efficient"?
Students 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.
How Solar Cells Work: Converting Sunlight to Electricity
Young scholars examine how to convert sunlight to electricity. In this renewable energy sources lesson students explain how solar cells are used and use a voltmeter to measure the energy produced by a solar panel.
Students are able to identify the benefits and drawbacks of different types of alternative energies. They get a brief overview of different types of alternative energies used in Wisconsin. Students watch a Video: Renewable Energy: Clean Power for Wisconsin. As they view it, they complete a short study guide. Students create a poster to illustrate one of the alernative energy sources.
"Blow, Wind, Blow" - Wind Power
In this renewable energy worksheet, students learn about wind power. They then answer the 2 questions on the worksheet. The answers are on the last page of the packet.
National Biodiesel Day
ï»¿In this National Biodiesel Day worksheet, students complete activities such as reading a passage, phrase matching, fill in the blanks, correct words, multiple choice, spelling, sequencing, scrambled sentences, writing questions, survey, and writing. Students complete 12 activities on International National Biodiesel Day.
General Renewable Energy Questions
In this renewable energy worksheet, students answer 14 questions about renewable energy sources such as geothermal energy, solar power and wind energy.