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This bundle of lessons, labs, and activities is perfect for a high school environmental science course and will introduce your students to the distribution of energy sources and the advantages and disadvantages of both fossil fuels and alternative energy (solar, wind, hydroelectric, geothermal). Student worksheets, web-quests, labs, and an online quiz are all included for a cohesive and easy-to-follow unit.
Topics included in this lesson are: Law of the Conservation of Energy, energy efficiency, definition of energy, fossil fuels (oil, coal, natural gas), nuclear power, renewable energy sources (solar power, wind power, geothermal, hydropower), mechanics of electricity generation, turbine construction, benefits and costs to renewable and nonrenewable energy sources, distribution of energy resources globally and within the United States, global energy usage in developing v. developed countries, environmental and human safety impacts of energy generation, methods for energy conservation
- Detailed teacher lesson plans including essential questions, standards, pacing guide, and materials list
- Web-quest for content delivery with guided student notes
- Electricity Generation Lab- Students use wire and magnets to build a simple electric generator, then build a wind or water turbine to generate electricity
- Energy Speed Dating Activity- Students research the costs and benefits of a particular type of energy then share information with others in this engaging class activity
- Energy Battle/Debate- In a class discussion, students debate the "best" type of energy, giving reasons for their choice
- Mapping Extension Activity- Students use real government maps and data to determine the location and distribution of energy sources within the United States
- Independent Research Activity- Using Google Maps(TM), students make an interactive online map of power plant locations and historical events relating to the power industry
- Reading Assignments for homework or bell-ringers
- Math Extension- dimensional analysis and interpretation of graphs using real data
- Online quiz using Google Forms for easy grading
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➤My Environmental Science Series includes lessons for each sphere of the earth:
➤How do I use this lesson?
Students independently gain vocabulary and basic concepts through internet web-quests and videos. Then in research and online activities, students are able to practice these concepts and see them come to life in real environments. This lesson bundle is perfect for substitutes because students can work independently.
➤What curriculum could I use with this lesson?
This lesson is ideally geared towards high school students, but some portions would work for middle school students, as well. A general level Environmental Science or Earth Science textbook would coincide with these topics. It also addresses the following topics in AP Environmental Science (APES):
- 6.1: Renewable and Nonrenewable Resources
- 6.2: Global Energy Consumption
- 6.4: Distribution of Natural Energy Resources
- 6.5: Fossil Fuels
- 6.6: Nuclear Power
- 6.7: Energy from Biomass
- 6.8: Solar Energy
- 6.9: Hydroelectric Power
- 6.10: Geothermal Energy
- 6.11: Hydrogen Fuel Cell
- 6.12: Wind Energy
- 6.13: Energy Conservation