Researching Energy Resources
Lesson 2 of 7
Objective: SWBAT locate specific information about an electricity source.
I told students I would be doing a presentation, and I asked them to watch very carefully so they can tell me what they noticed when I finished. I presented Nuclear Power in about 3 minutes, and asked them to share what they observed. We generated a list that included:
- Where it comes from
- How it works
- Where you found information and pictures
- Helpful pictures
- Few words on slides (I let them know this is very tricky for lots of people, especially teachers)
I used this list as their expectations for their presentations. I randomly assigned to to different energy sources. I showed them an index card I could have used if I need to for nuclear power with single keywords written on it, really emphasizing again that we don't want to watch you read, and we really don't want to read your presentation while you talk about it. I passed out index cards, and had them to them get started. I had my students do the research independently online, but it could certainly be done in pairs or using text based resources. The Energy 101 videos from the U.S. department of Energy would be a good place for students to start.
The next day, most students were ready to create their presentations. Because we are a Google Apps for Education district, I had my students use Google Slides to create their presentations, but there are dozens of alternatives depending on your students' devices and operating systems, including Prezi, Keynote, PowerPoint, and Haiku Deck. My students already knew how to insert images under the Creative Commons license into their writing using the Creative Commons Image Search, so they just needed to do some light formatting for their slides. I tried to prevent bullet points wherever I could, reminding them that we want to listen to them talk, not read from a presentation.