Reflection: High Quality Task Why is Coal so Important? - Section 2: Collaborate


The maps were a fantastic visual for understanding the regional differences of a resource. My strategy in allowing them to look over the maps before instruction was pinnacle to the lesson. Students had a change to ask me questions. I had the change to show them details that would be important later in the lesson. There were several scaffolding opportunities.  I asked the question, "Why is there less coal in the west?"  Some students thought that the reason there were no coal beds was because of deserts. I had to use my best questioning techniques to help them understand that coal was formed millions of years ago. Some felt that the coal had been mined out, I had to review the fossil fuel process. 


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Why is Coal so Important?

Unit 5: Exploring Non-Renewable Energy Sources
Lesson 7 of 9

Objective: SWBAT compare the economic and environmental costs of coal production.

Big Idea: By 8th grade students can grasp how coal has both an environmental as well as an economic impact.

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