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Investigation: Concept Mapping Alternative Fuels
6th - 8th CCSS: Adaptable
Accompanying this graphic organizer activity are a complete reading assignment on alternative fuels and a chart of their characteristics to use as reference. These high-quality resources will be a valuable addition to your energy unit.
Cambridge Ideas - How Many Lightbulbs?
6 mins 6th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Humans have become addicted to fossil fuels. From pumping oil into our cars, to burning natural gas to heat our water, or using coal to create electricity that lights our homes, we are constantly relying on these nonrenewable resources....
Generating Electricity: Evaluating the Sustainability of Today's and Tomorrow's Energy Sources
9th - 12th
Energize your class with a shocking lesson on energy — for both today and tomorrow. Class members investigate the energy sources of their local power company. Groups then work together to determine the impact of one activity and a...
Racing with the Sun: Creating a Solar Car
4th - 8th CCSS: Adaptable
As the cost of oil continues to rise and the environmental impacts of emissions become more widespread, the demand for alternative energy sources for cars is huge. In an engaging and challenging week-long instructional activity, your...
Energy Resources: Where Are They and How Do We Get Them?
5th - 8th
Future energy engineers visit several stations, each one dedicated to a different alternative source of energy. They describe how solar energy is converted into other forms of energy, the patterns of distribution of energy resources in...
Generating Ideas for Electricity Generation
3rd - 8th CCSS: Adaptable
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...
Solar Thermal Energy: Harnessing the Power of the Sun
8 mins 9th - 12th
A small community in Denmark meets almost all of its energy needs through a solar energy plant. The video explains how solar panels work. Individuals in European countries who have installed solar panels on their homes share the...
Solar Kit Lesson #9 - Properties of Solar Radiation: Reflection, Transmission, and Absorption
6th - 9th
Middle school science stars observe and record data on the solar radiation reflected off or transmitted through various materials. They predict properties for various materials, and test their predictions by touch. This lesson plan...
Farm to Fuel: The Alternative Fuels Industry
9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Need a lesson to fuel young minds? A variety of hands-on activities is sure to get your class fired up! Beginning with an introductory slideshow and culminating with group presentations, the week-long unit has something for everyone....
The Right Balance: Mixing Energy Resources
6th - 8th CCSS: Designed
A class discussion of the various combinations of energy resources used in our country opens this lesson. In cooperative groups, learners analyze data on conversion efficiency and carbon dioxide emissions for different combinations....
Solar Kit Lesson #8 - Positioning Solar Panels II: Explorations with Stationary Panels
6th - 9th
This lesson is preparation-intensive, but well worth the investment. You will construct five or six portable testing stations with which lab groups will gather data on the best position for collecting sunlight with a solar panel. This is...
Electricity From All Kinds of Renewable Sources
2 seconds 6th - 12th
On a bold, computer-generated animation of a landscape appears a city, power plants, wind turbines, and smaller, decentralized combined heat and power (CHP) plants. The intent is to show how CHP plants can be incorporated into the energy...
Can 100% Renewable Energy Power the World?
6 mins 6th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
If renewable energy sources are the best option, why aren't they used on a global scale? Junior environmentalists explore the benefits and problems associated with energy sources such as solar, wind, and biomass with a short video and...
How is Flowing Water an Energy Source? Activity C
6th - 8th
Can the force of falling water through a tube vary by altering the diameter of the tube or its height? That is what physical scientists aim to discover in this activity, the third in successively more revealing activities on the power of...
Producing Energy From Fossil Fuels and Renewable Sources
6th - 12th
All types of energy are presented here, with neat pictures and labels to illustrate the technology typically used. Ways of harnessing the energy most efficiently are discussed, and good examples provide starters for further research....
Scientists Create Energy-Making Artificial Leaf (29th March, 2011)
11th - Higher Ed
Students read an article about alternative energy and complete the associated worksheets. In this ESL/ELL alternative energy lesson, students read or listen an article about research at MIT in which scientists designed a energy-making...
Growing Appetites, Limited Resources
2 mins 6th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Did you know that, as the world's population increases, its demand for energy increases at an even faster rate? Learners watch a short video about the world's energy crisis before discussing the sustainable alternative energy sources....
Renewable Energy: Powered by Poop
2 mins 6th - 10th CCSS: Adaptable
New ReviewA single cow produces more than 100 pounds of manure every day. Meet a farmer using cow manure to provide energy to his farm, electric car, and the larger electric grid. He explains the process and benefits of the renewable energy source.
PS3D - Energy in Chemical Processes and Everyday Life
7 mins 4th - 12th
Need to take your teaching of energy concepts to another level? Check out a strategic video that examines standard PS3D in the Next Generation Science Standards. Filled with examples, scenarios, and connections to the life sciences, the...
Energy Play: Harry Spotter and the Chamber of Windy Myths
3rd - 9th
Students explore the concept of renewable energy. In this alternative energy lesson, students participate in a play that conveys information regarding wind energy. The script may be performed as a play with props or as a reader's theatre.
Solar Kit Lesson #7 - Positioning Solar Panels I: Explorations with Tracking
6th - 9th
In this first part of a two-part lesson, learners track and record the sun's azimuth using a solar panel. They graph and analyze the data to identify relationships among the time of day, the altitude and azimuth of the sun, and the...
Solar Power 101 - How Does Sunlight Turn into Electricity?
2 mins 4th - 8th
A lively narrator talks about how solar energy can be converted into electricity. Brightly-colored animations and diagrams along with short video clips make this an appealing presentation. Use it as an introduction to solar power with...
Solar Kit Lesson #15 - Solar-Powered Electrolysis of Water and the Hydrogen Economy
10th - 12th
An outstanding lesson awaits your physics fledglings! After reading about how hydrogen can act as an energy carrier, they examine the electrolysis of water using solar power. They test the gases produced for flammability and will...
Schools Going Solar: Planning for Solar Hot Water Installations
5th - 9th
Young scholars identify the steps used in placing solar water heaters in the school. For this alternative energy lesson, students will generate a variety of questions to ask an expert about solar water heater installation. They will...
Fossil Fuel Sources, Usage and Alternatives: What are the Options?
9th - 10th
Students identify the different sources of fossil fuels. In this environmental science lesson, students research about how these impact our environment. They explore renewable energy sources that could replace fossil fuels.
Solar Kit Lesson # 12 - Calibration Curve for a Radiation Meter
7th - 10th
Scientists need to have mastered algebraic slope-intercept concepts in order for this lesson plan to be effective. They will measure and graph solar panel output as a function of the amount of radiation striking it, discovering that...
America's Energy Future: MinuteEarth at the Demdebate
4 mins 6th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Science scholars watch as the recent Democratic presidential nominees respond to an animated video. The video highlights recent natural disasters and long-term changes to our weather patterns, then shows how the candidates planned to...
Windmill of Your Mind - Distributed Energy Goes to School
5th - 8th
Students research the possibility and feasibility of installing a wind-turbine distributed energy system for their school. They conduct research, watch an online video, analyze the cost of the project and examine the benefits, and write...
Bill Nye's Solar Powered Spacecraft
3 mins 6th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
It keeps going, and going, and going ... how does the Juno space probe have enough power to travel to Jupiter? Junior astronauts use a THNKR "Why with Nye!" video to discover solar-powered science with the one and only Bill Nye. Topics...
Solar Kit Lesson #11 - Power Maximum: An Electrical Determination
6th - 9th
Collaborative groups connect resistors and solar panels in series and measure electrical resistance, voltage, and current. The objective is to order 16 solar panels from strongest to weakest. They graph current-voltage and power curves...
Springfield Technology Based Science Inquiry - Harnessing The Wind
The wind is an amazing renewable energy source your students should know about! Get those 5th graders exploring the Internet and conducting a series of experiments so they become convinced that the wind is an amazing thing. The full...
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries
9th - 11th
Students investigate the global importance of the African and Asian countries that export petroleum. They access the OPEC website and research this organization. They answer questions and write an essay about alternative energy sources.
Hydrogen Fuel Cells: Part 1 (Hydrogen Vehicles)
4 mins 5th - 12th
What are some other ways to power vehicles? Meet chemical engineer, Rosalind, as she explains her research of hydrogen fuel cells and how to use them in vehicles. She also explains why using alternative fuels is important to the world.
Nuclear Energy: Is Fission the Future?
4 mins 6th - 10th CCSS: Adaptable
New ReviewNuclear energy powers the Mars rovers as well as provides energy in more than 30 countries around the world. While some believe nuclear energy is the future of energy production, others worry about the risk factors and radioactive waste....
BioFuels: The Chemistry and Economics of Alternative Fuels
9th - 12th
Junior chemists manufacture biodiesel in the lab. In this exercise, they check the purity of the biodiesel using thin layer chromatography. They also calculate its density and heat of combustion. They are sure to rise to the challenge...
Investigation: Building a Parabolic-Trough Collector
9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Amateurs of alternative energy build a mini parabolic-trough solar energy collector and use it to heat water. Temperature is recorded over a three-minute period and the data is graphed and analyzed. Note that in order to paint aquarium...
Environmental Issues Vocabulary and Speaking Exercise
6th - 8th
Eight color graphics fill the top half of this page. Each of them is meant to represent a different environmental topic: poaching, deforestation, pollution, etc. Youngsters associate vocabulary terms with each graphic and then answer...
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