Great Energy Debate

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If someone yelled for eight years and eight months, they could produce enough energy to heat one cup of coffee. A lesson on energy encourages scholars to research 10 different energy sources in groups before playing a game. Twenty statements are listed for each type and groups must decide if each is a fact, an advantage, or a disadvantage for each energy source.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • After the lesson, have learners write an essay on what they believe to be an ideal balance of energy sources
  • Research the cost, financial and environmental, of each energy source
Classroom Considerations

  • If Internet access is not available for research, find articles or other sources
Pros

  • List of statements allows pupils of multiple ability levels to work together
  • Encourages respectful discussion even when disagreeing
Cons

  • None