Energy Unit

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Water wheels were first used more than 2,000 years ago, yet now they are only a small part of the energy generation people have come to expect. The Michigan-based energy unit covers the common types of energy used, residential energy usage, service territories, electric generators, electric meters, and more. Biogas, hydrothermal, solar, and wind power connect to transmission lines, and the unit discusses each in an individual lesson before ending with conservation, careers, and safety.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Plan ahead to have someone who works in an energy sector near you to speak to the class during lesson 11
Classroom Considerations

  • Lesson five works best on sunny days
  • The amount of time required will vary greatly based on how much can be completed at home and the resources of the school, i.e. shared versus individual computers, size of science lab, etc.
Pros

  • Includes three unique ideas for ice breakers and team builders for new classes or creative ways to assign groups for assignments
  • Provides answer keys for all worksheets and discussion questions
Cons

  • Does not include the student worksheets referenced throughout